Benefit fraudsters create 10,000 fake jobs

Benefit fraudsters create 10,000 fake jobs
The scam involved creating fictional employees to claim state benefits. Photo: Rosie Scammell/The Local
Police in the southern Campania region have seized assets worth €108 million from a criminal network accused of creating around 10,000 bogus jobs in order to claim benefits from the Italian state.

Thirty-one people have been put under house arrest, two years after the investigation began, police said in a statement.

They are accused of writing thousands of fake reports to create phony businesses in agricultural industries and the service sector.

The gang then allegedly registered their fictitious employees – around 10,000 in total – for state benefits such as maternity and sick leave.

Those under house arrest include two employment consultants, Latino Giuseppina and Zaccaria Rosario, who were each charged with €4.8 million worth of fraud.

Businessmen and other professionals were also involved in the scam, police said. 

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