Major fraud hits Dutch child care allowance
Police and tax office investigators in Amsterdam have unearthed a major fraud around child day-care benefit. Raids were carried out at four addresses earlier this week. Five people are suspected of having made fraudulent applications for the benefit on a large scale for themselves and others.
It is thought a large group of parents in receipt of day-care benefit handed over a percentage of the allowances to the suspects. The fraud is said to have involved millions of euros.
Deputy Finance Minister Frans Weekers says he’s incensed by the scam. “It’s too awful that people abused child day-care allowance in this way. I have ordered the police and tax authorities to come down extra hard on this sort of fraud.” Both the tax office and the social affairs ministry plan to make risk assessments of the chances of this kind of fraud hitting their operations.
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