Some 4,371 individuals in bogus self-employment were removed from the self-employment register by Inasti (l’Institut National d’Assurances Sociales pour Travailleurs – organisation responsible for protecting the rights of the self-employed) between January 1st, 2011 and September 30th, 2015, reports Le Soir on Monday. “We are no longer talking of a coincidence,” considers the Chief Executive of Inasti, who points out fraud has sky-rocketed since 2011.
The bogus self-employed are individuals who register with the Banque-Carrefour des Entreprises (a database register of businesses) without ever carrying out occupational activities. These fraudsters next quickly attempt to benefit from CPAS (which provides social assistance) and from health and family allowance benefits. According to Inasti’s figures, Romanian (53.6%) and Bulgarian (24.9%) nationals are responsible for the majority of cases of fraud.