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Black Country arrests after benefit fraud raids

Media captionThree men and a woman from Eastern Europe were arrested on suspicion of involvement in a tax credit and maternity fraud

Four people have been arrested as part of an investigation into a £5m international benefits fraud.

Officers from HM Revenues and Customs (HMRC) and West Midlands Police raided addresses in Tipton, Dudley, West Bromwich and Handsworth.

Three men and a woman from Eastern Europe were arrested on suspicion of involvement in a tax credit and maternity fraud.

They are due to be questioned later, police said.

It is part on an investigation by HMRC into people being trafficked into the UK to claim benefits, before being abandoned or returned to countries in Eastern Europe.

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