25 people arrested for alleged fraud against Social Security through unemployment benefits

Agents of the National Police have dismantled an organization that allegedly defrauded Social Security of more than four million euros by capitalizing unemployment benefits. A total of 25 people have been arrested in different locations in Madrid for being part of this network dedicated to committing fraud against the State Public Employment Service (SEPE). The number of illicit files identified exceeds 400, formalized between 2020 and 2024, and among those arrested are four public employees and four workers from banking entities. The investigation began in December 2022, after detecting irregularities in the activity of various employees dedicated to the processing of unemployment benefits. Specifically, the computer analysis detected unjustified access to multiple files, mostly related to operations to capitalize unemployment benefits, a measure aimed at promoting self-employment and that allows recipients of contributory aid to allocate the entire of the benefit they have pending to receive to cover the expenses necessary to become self-employed.

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