Five people from the Midlands have been arrested on suspicion of being involved in Gift Aid fraud estimated at £450,000, according to HM Revenue & Customs.
HMRC said its officers last week arrested a man aged 25 and a woman aged 22 at a residential property in Birmingham, and a 33-year-old woman at a residential property in Leicester. Yesterday two men, both aged 26, were arrested at a Birmingham police station.
Adrian Farley, assistant director of criminal investigation at HMRC, said: "These people have been arrested on suspicion of making fraudulent Gift Aid claims and money laundering."
Officers removed computers and business records for further analysis. All five people were questioned and then released on bail until January 2014.
HMRC said that enquiries were continuing.