These fraud "massive" partial unemployment, involving "international financial flows" have caused "more than 1.7 million euros" of prejudice.
The prosecutor's office in Paris announced this Friday to investigate fraud "massive" partial unemployment, involving "international financial flows", which have caused "more than 1.7 million euros" of prejudice. This mechanism allows to avoid laying off an employee thanks to support from the State, to the tune of 84 per cent, of his salary.
According to the first investigations, "fraudulent claims for payment of compensation is made by electronic filing by usurping the name and the id number SIRET existing businesses that were not asking to receive the aid for the activity part," explains in a press release the prosecutor's office.
This last was taken up on Monday, as part of its national competence in the field of combating the organized crime of very great complexity (the so-called Junalco), two investigations initiated earlier by the prosecutors of Toulouse and Limoges, to "scams organised to the benefits paid to the employees in a situation of partial unemployment" and "money-laundering by organized group" of these scams.Your support is essential. Subscribe for $ 1 support Us
A criminal organization suspected
These investigations have been initiated "after the discovery of similarities between many of the applications for authorisation of activity partial filed by companies". According to a source close to the dossier, investigators suspect a "criminal organization have mounted a fraud from abroad".
"More of 1740 fraudulent operations throughout the national territory in the name of 1069 different companies asking for payment of funds on more than 170 different bank accounts" have already been identified, details the floor. According to him, more than 1.7 million euros have been unduly paid by the Agency for Services and Payment (ASP), in charge of managing for the account of the Ministry of Employment and the compensation of the activity partial. However, "the payment of 6 million euros has been suspended since the discovery of offences", he says.
"numerous investigations, including the international financial flows from these scams, remains to be performed," says the prosecutor, observing that they needed a "strong international cooperation".
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as Soon as 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 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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This Friday morning, the new minister of Labour Elizabeth Terminal has deplored the behaviour of companies who defraud the system of partial unemployment. "It is quite scandalous", she said on Europe 1. The government now intends to embark on a hunt for fraudsters. "We're going to increase the controls. This is fraud-a criminal, they will have the criminal sanctions that go with it (...) and they will no longer have the aid of the State," she said.