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Bogus companies defrauded 6m euros worth of benefits 

The National Police have arrested 188 people who defrauded almost six million euros from Social Security through a network of fictitious companies.

Eleven businesses were found to be bogus, giving “jobs” for 821 people and in turn allowing at least 168 of them, all foreigners, to officially register as residents in Spain.

“This also meant they were able to collect different benefits and subsidies worth more than three and a half million euros,” said a spokesman. “The total amount defrauded amounts to almost six million euros.”

The investigation began with a report issued by the Provincial Inspectorate of Labour of Barcelona in which they reported certain irregularities detected after an inspection carried out in a company with headquarters in that city.

The company was in turn interrelated with ten other mercantile companies which, according to the report, were fictitious.

Of those arrested, 66 were in Barcelona. Another 57 people were arrested in Jaén, five in Seville, two in Cadiz, two in Granada, one in Palma de Mallorca, one in Barcelona, one in Gerona, 24 in Ciudad Real, one in Toledo, two in Valladolid, 16 in Badajoz, four in Cáceres, two in Murcia and four in Alicante.