Fraudulent tax credit claims
Five people were recently arrested on suspician of making fraudulent tax credit claims relating to fictitious children.
Following the arrests, follow-up visits were made to around 30 tax credit claimants’ addresses in Manchester, Derbyshire, West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire and Glasgow to verify details of claims.
Those arrested are thought to be part of an organised criminal gang who use false names, addresses and employment details to fraudulently claim tax credits as well as adding fictitious children to the claims.
HMRC have also appealed to anyone with information about activity they suspect may be linked to tax credit fraud to call the HMRC tax credit helpline on 0845 300 3900.