Oct 9, 2020

Papa John's investigating claims of £250,000 Eat Out to Help Out fraud

UK takeaway pizza chain Papa John's is investigating allegations that taxpayer cash was fraudulently claimed during the Eat Out to Help Out scheme. "We will be extremely concerned and disappointed if they prove to be true. All of Papa John's UK stores are run by franchisees and we made it very clear to all franchisees that we felt it unlikely that they would be eligible to participate in Eat Out To Help Out," a spokesman told the BBC. "It is important that our investigation is completed fully before drawing any conclusions, but if any franchisee participated improperly in EOTHO, they will have been in breach of their franchise agreement with us, and we will require them to make things right." "Mr Chaudhary said in a statement:"Of my 61 franchises, 40 have seating capacity, and we implemented the 'Eat Out to Help Out Scheme' in all of those 40 stores from Monday to Wednesday throughout August. It is also understood that the digital tills software, which is frequently remotely updated by the head office, has never included an Eat Out to Help Out scheme voucher button, and the scheme cannot be used on the Papa John's UK website either. "We have built checks into the Eat Out to Help Out scheme to prevent fraud and protect public money, and will check claims and take appropriate action to withhold or recover payments found to be dishonest or inaccurate."

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