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Papa John’s Pizza franchise boss probed over '£185k Eat Out to Help Out fraud'

A Papa John's Pizza franchisee has denied allegations of fraud over the popular Eat Out to Help Out scheme after an investigation was launched.

Raheel Choudhary is being probed by the pizza chain over claims his restaurants claimed taxpayer funds for "fake" meals via the discount dining scheme.

Mr Choudhary, 43, has denied allegations his stores improperly claimed around £250,000 in funds from the government scheme. A Papa John's head office spokesperson said the pizza chain is investigating the allegations laid out by the Daily Mail.

The newspaper's report included claims a string of Mr Choudhary's stores claimed for eat-in meals, despite being "takeaway only".

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