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Recruitment firm in fraud inquiry

A recruitment firm which helps disabled people find work is being investigated for fraud, police said.

Dutch company Maatwerk, which also operates in the Netherlands, Germany and Hungary, had a base in Manchester.

It took part in a government scheme which paid bonuses to firms who found jobs for those with disabilities or on sickness benefits.

But the company is now the centre of a police inquiry after an investigation by the Department of Work and Pensions.

A spokesperson for the DWP said: "We take all such allegations very seriously.

"We have now completed our enquiries and passed our files on to Greater Manchester Police."

Detectives said inquiries were ongoing.

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