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Massive Social Security frauds uncovered in Canaries 

Social security frauds by individuals and companies amounting to around 1.6 million euros have been uncovered in the Canary Islands.

The investigations began at the beginning of this year after receiving several denun-ciations for possible illicit acts against Social Security in the archipelago, culminating with the arrest and imputation of 18 people in the provinces of Las Palmas and Santa Cruz de Tenerife, for 18 offences.

The frauds were taking place in construction, aesthetics, cinematography, catering, hospitality and physical activity. Those investigated, in order to avoid paying the amounts owed to the public body and thus frustrate legitimate collection aspirations, carried out opaque business successions and created fraudulent groups of companies, using in some cases the figure of frontmen, although in some cases they put their own family members at the front of the business or workers who had no other choice if they wanted to keep the job.

In addition, they often created patrimonial companies on behalf of third parties, where they transferred the assets of the debtor companies and their adminis-trators in order to hide the assets and benefits to their creditors. Finally, and within the illicit activities investigated, documentary falsehoods of models of request for conciliation with workers were detected.

The most notorious case occurred on the part of a Canarian couple who managed several sports centres and accumulated a debt with Social Security that was around 300,000 euros.