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Seven companies raided in 2m euro social security fraud 

Agents of the National Police have carried out an operation against fraud in Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura to the General Social Security Treasury (TGSS).

Officers investigated seven individuals and eight commercial premises, of which seven were involved in the fraud of 2,596,627.07 euros to the Social Security system. Those responsible for the crime have turned out to be mainly the managers of the businesses, figureheads or people from their family environment.

The investigations started after detecting numerous cases in which several groups of companies had stopped paying the workers’ contri-butions, presumably with fraud and misappropriation of those allocations.

In all cases, a patrimonial report has been made of the people involved, revealing hidden assets through third parties or screen companies, whose purpose was to prevent the execution of the localised assets.

“It is noteworthy that these companies are mainly engaged in hotel operation, in which a company performs the work of this operation supporting the expenses of the same – social charges with workers, etc. – while tour operators are used or companies in which people from the family environment (figureheads) are used to conceal the income or profits obtained from said hotel operation, ” said a police spokesman.

The investigating authorities said the companies involved made no effort to pay the debt and showed an obstructive attitude.

“The companies kept workers in the Social Security system, continuing the business with the consequent activity and the perception of income in cash,” said the police.