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Mask fraud

Four suspects in Avrox case, Belgian prosecutor says



The Belgian government has been victim of a scam by Luxembourg-basex Avrox, the Belgian prosecutor’s office confirmed.  Photo: Shutterstock

The Belgian government has been victim of a scam by Luxembourg-basex Avrox, the Belgian prosecutor’s office confirmed.  Photo: Shutterstock

The Belgian prosecutor’s office on 7 December confirmed that four suspects were being investigated in a fraud case that involves Luxembourg-based company Avrox. The business was accused of fraud after delivering 15m masks which contained potentially dangerous particles.

In May 2020, Avrox won a bid to procure 15 million masks for €32m in June 2020. However, after delivering the masks late, the company was questioned concerning certain certifications. 

Speaking to Belgian news site RTBF, prosecutor spokesperson Sarah Durant confirmed that four people were suspected of forgery, fraud and money laundering, according to the De Tijd newspaper.

Among the suspects were Laurent Hericord, the managing director, and Brice Erniquin, who was not an employee of Avrox. 

The Belgian  government had bought the masks to distribute free-of-charge to citizens. 

This article has been modified following its publication to rectify some information.