Two people arrested over suspected £70,000 furlough fraud

Two people have been arrested over a suspected £70,000 furlough fraud. 

HMRC officials raided homes in Romford and Walthamstow, London, on Thursday where an accountant and a company director were arrested. 

Arrests: HMRC officials raided homes in Romford and Walthamstow, London, where an accountant and a company director were arrested

Arrests: HMRC officials raided homes in Romford and Walthamstow, London, where an accountant and a company director were arrested

Arrests: HMRC officials raided homes in Romford and Walthamstow, London, where an accountant and a company director were arrested

The female director, 51, is suspected of fraud by false representation and money laundering, while the man, 43, was arrested on suspicion of fraud by false representation, fraud by abuse of position and money laundering. 

Both were released under investigation. 

Digital devices and business records were seized, days after MPs were warned by the taxman that up to £3.5billion has been overpaid as part of the Coronavirus Jobs Retention Scheme.

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