Seventh arrest in A4e fraud claims

By Martin Evans, Crime Correspondent

Last Updated: 11:32AM BST 11/05/2012

A seventh person has been arrested by police investigating allegations of fraud at the employment company A4e.

Detectives from Thames Valley police arrested a 24-year-woman at an address in Buckinghamshire on suspicion of conspiracy to commit fraud.

She was questioned by police before being released on bail until a date in July.

It is the seventh arrest in connection with allegations of fraud at the company which won millions of pounds of Government contracts to find people jobs.

In January two men, aged 35 and 41, and two women aged 28 and 49 were arrested followed by a 35-year-old woman in March and a 33-year-old man in April.

All were believed to be employees of the company and have also been bailed until a later date.

A spokesman for Thames Valley Police said: “The investigation remains ongoing and there are no further updates at this time.”

A4e was paid by the Government to help find the long term unemployed work and had a turnover running into hundreds of millions of pounds.

But its activities came in for intense scrutiny earlier this year when allegations surfaced that employees had been falsely claiming to have found jobless people work and also sending the unemployed to do unpaid work in its own offices.

It was also alleged that the company had been claiming funding after placing people in work for just one day.

In January police visited the company’s headquarters in Slough and seized computer files and documents dating back to 2010.

The chairman of A4e, Emma Harrison, who is thought to be worth £70 million, resigned from the company earlier this year saying she did not want the media focus on her to detract from the organisation’s work.

She also stepped down as the Government’s back to work tsar and family champion.

Paul Champion
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