Covid cash handouts recovered as fraudulent claims investigated
Geneva authorities have recovered more than CHF 3m from illegal emergency cash handouts due to the lockdown.
Since March the government has covered salaries for companies hit by the pandemic – 40% of workers in Geneva were covered under the scheme.
But some have been trying their luck. A cantonal spokesman says they’ve uncovered people claiming they’re working for more than one company, as well as other ways to defraud the system.
But those caught are reflective of only a small proportion of the amount handed out. The Tribune de Genève newspaper believes the program is likely being scammed by far more people.