Recruitment agency raided by police in fraud probe

Recruitment agency raided by police in fraud probe

A total of six people have been arrested for fraud following the raid of a recruitment agency. 

Smart Recruitment UK was raided on Tuesday. The Derby Telegraph reports that three men aged 28, 37 and 38 and a 31-year old woman were arrested at the business premises. Another person was then arrested after voluntarily attending a police station in Derby, according to a statement on Derbyshire Police’s website.

A second raid at a business address in Nottingham saw a sixth person arrested. They were all arrested on suspicion of fraud, the police stated.

The probe was a joint effort conducted by the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire police, The Pensions Regulator and the Employment Agency Standards Inspectorate.

A spokesman for the regulator said: "The searches and arrests are part of an ongoing criminal investigation into allegations of fraud relating to the automatic enrolment of staff into workplace pensions and underpaying workers."

The five people who were arrested at the two business locations were released on bail pending further inquiries.

The person who voluntarily attended a police station, and was questioned under caution will have an appointment to return to a police station in the new year.



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