The Criminal Court examines in a special hearing today a case involving 149 Kuwaiti workers accused of fraud and obtaining money illegally from the government. The employees are accused of receiving labor allowances paid by the state to Kuwaitis in the private sector. The suspects reportedly never actually worked in the companies they are hired in. Rather, they had a deal with the companies to register them in their payrolls in exchange for a fixed amount of money that the company collects, according to case papers. This comes as the government announced that it launched a campaign against companies and employees who use the fake employment scheme to obtain the labor allowance illegally. “Dozens of cases have been filed to regain the funds that were illegally paid,” Al-Jarida daily reported yesterday quoting Hind Al-Subaih, the Minister of Social Affairs and Labor and Minister of Planning and Development. She described the campaign as an ‘open war’ against companies and fake workers.