An entrepreneur is said to have hired out foreign workers to German clients without permission. Customs is now on duty with more than 500 officials.
Due to the suspicion of undeclared work, customs have come to carry out searches in eleven federal states. More than 500 officials were on duty on Tuesday, the Koblenz customs office announced on Friday.
A Serbian entrepreneur is suspected of having hired out foreign workers to German clients without permission. The workers come from Slovenia, Slovakia, Poland and Croatia. 20 German companies in the metalworking industry are accused of using the borrowed workers as if they were their own employees.
Customs officers searched 22 apartments and business premises in North Rhine-Westphalia, Hesse, Rhineland-Palatinate, Saxony, Hamburg, Lower Saxony, Thuringia, Schleswig-Holstein, Saxony-Anhalt, Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria. “Extensive evidence” was confiscated, including hourly records, contracts and accounts. These would now be evaluated, it said.