- HANNAH AL-OTHMAN
- 13 hours ago
The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is to take over a probe into allegations of a £1 million fraud at the Police Federation of England and Wales.
Two Met Police officers were among four arrested and bailed last month by Surrey Police after the Federation raised concerns.
The criminal investigation has now been taken over by the IPCC which stressed it will carry out a "thorough and independent" investigation into the "serious allegations".
The allegation of "potential fraudulent activity" relates to accounts held by the Police Federation, which represents rank and file officers.
It relates to the transfer of around £1 million to a charitable account in August 2015, the IPCC said.
Two serving Metropolitan Police officers, a serving South Wales police officer, and a retired Greater Manchester police officer, were all arrested in connection with the allegations.
Police officers arrested amid £1m fraud probe at Police Federation
The three forces formally referred the conduct of their officers to the IPCC following requests from the Commission.
IPCC Commissioner Jennifer Izekor said: "We will carry out a thorough independent investigation into these serious allegations.
"The investigation is in its very early stages and we will be working closely with Surrey Police to ensure a smooth handover of the investigative work which has been carried out so far."
The IPCC said it is liaising with Surrey Police to arrange the handover of documents relating to the case.
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