By Sally Underwood • 05 February 2021 • 12:23
Raided: Police brought down a Malaga company thought to have fraudulently claimed more than a million Euros. Image: National Police
Officers from the National Police have arrested four people after the group are alleged to have carried out a €1.2 million in Malaga.
The gang are said to have used five companies, one with its headquarters in the Andalucia Technology Park in Malaga, to fraudulently claim more than a million Euros in Feder funding from the European Union.
Police began investigating under operation Federico after suspecting the companies were using invoices and documents from various companies to apply for the funds.
The case was brought to the Malaga Provincial Prosecutor’s Office before the Malaga Provincial Police’s Economic and Fiscal Crimes Unit were brought in to investigate.
Officers from the unit’s Money Laundering and Anti-Corruption group, found the company receiving the funds were made of five separate businesses, four of which supplied the main company with materials they supposedly needed to carry out the work they were receiving the grants for.
According to media reports, the invoices provided were false, in some cases valuing the materials by up to more than 700 per cent of their actual value.
Officers also established the company receiving the funding was more than 90 per cent owned by the businesses supplying it with materials.
Agents from the National Police examined the bank accounts involved and said: “A significant flow of money was found, whose origin was the company receiving the Feder funds and whose main recipients were the rest of the companies in the network.”
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Sally Underwood is a former aide to several former cabinet members and now contributes her views on Parliament’s ever-changing shape in her column for the Euro Weekly News.
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