FOUR FAMILY members have been arrested in a Costa Blanca town for conning a €250,000 insurance payout after last year’s flood disaster in the Vega Baja region.

The Guardia Civil said that a Rafal ‘company’ falsely reported in September 2019 that their warehouse was flooded causing the loss of 200,000 kilos of potatoes and lemons.

The claimants also said that 3,000 wooden boxes and a thousand pallets had been destroyed.

The Insurance Compensation Consortium spotted inconsistencies in their claim months later and suspected that they had been duped over the big payout.

The Guardia launched an investigation in July and discovered that the fruit and vegetables never existed in the first place.

An array of fake invoices and delivery notes were also uncovered featuring bogus orders.

The compensation money ended up being equally divided between three men and two woman.

Four members of the Spanish group were arrested by the Guardia Civil, who are still investigating a fifth person.

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