"The goal is to achieve 50 000 checks by the end of the summer," said the minister of Labour Muriel Pénicaud.
The first controls on the applications for partial unemployment the ministry of Labour have borne fruit. Muriel Pénicaud, indicated that approximately 3,000 of the first controls had led to "850 suspicions of fraud," and four procedures for "scam", in an interview to the magazine Challenges published on Monday.
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"Since 22 may, 12 000 (controls, editor's note) are in the process, 400 of which are triggered in the wake of reports of trade union organizations or employees. We're also random checks. To this day, 3000 records are closed", she said.Your support is essential. Subscribe for $ 1 support Us
On these 3000 records, "1.600 are quite correct," "about 600 have led to adjustments in favor of or against the company" and "we have identified about 850 suspicions of fraud that led to further investigations", has detailed the minister.
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"We have even initiated four criminal proceedings for fraud", she added, quoting, "in the Hauts-de-France, a business leader who has created five companies for 67 employees, but none of them is declared or has not paid social security contributions".
50 000 checks by the end of summer
"The goal is to achieve 50 000 checks by the end of the summer," said the minister. From the containment and to compensate for the shutdown of activity arising from this, the government has expanded the possibility of recourse to partial unemployment in France. According to estimates by the ministry of Labour, 7.2 million French were unemployed in part one or more days per week in march, to 8.7 million in April and $ 7.8 million in may.
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in Mid-may, it had announced a strengthening of controls, carried out by the agents of the Direccte (regional directorates of companies, competition, consumption, labour and employment), which have received the support of 300 agents on this theme, "backed by labour inspectors".
In the case of fraud, the penalties go up to 2 years imprisonment and 30,000 euros fine, and administrative penalties, provide for the reimbursement of aid and the exclusion from income of subsidies for up to 5 years.