Five people from the Midlands have been arrested on suspicion of being involved in gift aid fraud estimated at £450,000.
A man aged 25 and a woman, 22, were arrested by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) officers at two residential properties in Birmingham last Wednesday (23 October). Officers also arrested a female, 33, at a residential property in Leicester. Yesterday two men, both 26, were arrested at a Birmingham police station.
Adrian Farley, Assistant Director, Criminal Investigation, HMRC, said:
“These people have been arrested on suspicion of making fraudulent gift aid claims and money laundering. Anyone with information about this type of activity can contact us on 0800 788 887."
Officers removed computers and business records for further analysis. All five people were questioned and then released on bail until January 2014. Enquiries are continuing.
Notes for editors
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Issued by HM Revenue & Customs Press Office
HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) is the UK’s tax authority.
HMRC is responsible for making sure that the money is available to fund the UK’s public services and for helping families and individuals with targeted financial support.