Lyon: a record fraud through employment aid


Eight million euros. This is the amount (unfortunately) record hijacked through employment aid, to the detriment of the state. This is in any case what reports a judicial investigation conducted for “scam organized gang” in Lyon.

The investigation, conducted “in the utmost discretion” as reported by Le Progrès, would have started on doubts around aid granted to companies based in the Lyon region. It is in the field of care and beauty that the case took place. The police therefore sought to check the status of these activities and they discovered the involvement of a large number of companies, questioning their real existence. Indeed, these “fictitious” companies were created for the sole purpose of obtaining such aid.
Seven people indicted
According to information from the newspaper Lyonnais, no less than seven people are indicted. They are managers or intermediaries, suspected of having taken part in this system of obtaining aid. A name has filtered in the center of this case: that of Guilhem Putscher (46 years) president of the cosmetic company New Lexel. The latter is indicted and imprisoned since November 2017. Despite his challenge and his requests for release, all were denied. It would indeed have a determining role in the organization of the alleged fraud.


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