| 9.4°C Belfast

Man arrested in Belfast over alleged Covid-19 loan fraud

Close

The man was arrested in west Belfast on Tuesday

The man was arrested in west Belfast on Tuesday

PA Wire/PA Images

The man was arrested in west Belfast on Tuesday

A 38-year-old man has been arrested after allegedly attempting to fraudulently apply for a government Covid-19 support loan.

It was reported that the man entered a bank in the greater Belfast area shortly after 12.15pm on Monday to apply for the loan as part of the government's business support scheme for those hit by the virus outbreak.

Police said that, following further investigations, the man was found not to be who he claimed and he was subsequently arrested in west Belfast on Tuesday.

A PSNI spokesperson said: "He is currently assisting police with their enquiries. We would ask all businesses to remain vigilant if they believe that fraudulent activity is taking place at this time.

"If you believe that you or your business may be a victim of this type of offence, please contact police on 101 or alternatively contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.”

Belfast Telegraph