A digital marking firm that was awarded £40million of taxpayers' money to deliver Covid-19 PPE has been accused of allegedly forcing furloughed staff to work.
KAU Media Group (KMG) allegedly forced its staff to work despite them being furloughed amid the Covid-19 pandemic and has been accused of threatening to fire them if they spoke out.
It was alleged that the company wrongly claimed tens of thousands of pounds in furlough funding to deliver personal protective equipment (PPE).
One employee claimed they formally complained to HM Revenue and Customs but said they did not receive a response.
An audio recording reportedly hears director Mohammed Kashif Khokhar, 40, known as Kash, warning that anyone who spoke out would be 'removed from the business'.
According to The Times, the recording continues: 'If someone makes accusations about the business, about furlough or f***ing reporting to HMRC, they can go f*** themselves.'
KAU Media Group was accused of allegedly forcing its staff to work despite being furloughed. Pictured: Directors Mohammed Kashif Khokhar (right) and Mohammed Abid Masood
He reportedly said staff were asked to be 'reactive to clients' while on furlough, but denied allegations that they were being forced to work, claiming the information was 'taken out of context'. He claimed he has paid the furlough money back to HMRC.
The firm were also accused of pocketing multimillion government deals to deliver