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Met Police corruption 'right at the heart of New Scotland Yard'

Post by Tony Bennett on 22.05.12 20:53

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-18158372

Three officers named in major fraud and money laundering scandal

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Detectives 'key culprits' in cash for information claim


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James Ibori was jailed for 13 years for laundering millions of pounds in the UK
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Two Scotland Yard detective constables and a former detective inspector have been named as "key culprits" in bribery allegations revealed to MPs.

The Home Affairs Select Committee was told about "apparent corruption right at the heart of New Scotland Yard".

Officers investigating Nigerian fraudster James Ibori were accused of taking cash payments for information.

The former inspector has denied any wrong-doing and the two serving officers have declined to comment.

The allegations surfaced during a parliamentary hearing on the role of private detectives.

During evidence from lawyer Mike Schwarz from solicitors Bindmans, MPs were told of documents which allege that private investigation firm, Risc Management Ltd, was involved in "wining and dining and paying" officers working on the James Ibori case.

Ibori was the former state governor of the oil-rich Delta region in Nigeria, a corrupt official who stole hundreds of millions of pounds from his homeland. He was sentenced to 13 years imprisonment last month after pleading guilty to laundering millions of pounds in the UK.

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Mr Schwarz, representing Ibori's London lawyer who was jailed as part of the case, said: "The key culprits appear to be the key players who are the senior investigating officer, DI Gary Walters, and two of the key investigators who are DC John McDonald and DC (Peter) Clark."

Mr Schwarz told the committee there were records that "show about half a dozen payments totalling £20,000 over eight or nine months."

The allegations were originally made in an anonymous bundle of documents sent to former Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson and the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) last summer.



The two serving officers have not been questioned over the allegations

In October last year, the IPCC instructed the Metropolitan Police's Directorate of Professional Standards (DPS) to conduct an internal investigation.

The paperwork included what purported to be detailed invoices and expense ledgers from Risc Management Ltd, headed at the time by two former Scotland Yard detectives, Keith Hunter and Cliff Knuckey.

Among the entries in the documents are details of what were said to be payments made to sources for confidential information about the on-going police investigation into Ibori.

One entry, dated shortly before police were due to interview James Ibori's London solicitor, reads: "Engaged with source in eliciting information re: forthcoming interviewing strategy to de (sic) deployed by police."

Immediately below, the entry states: "Cash payment made to above source for information provided. £5,000.00."

Credibility doubts

The DPS has said it has "an open mind" as to whether the documents are genuine or an elaborate forgery designed to pervert the course of justice.

Mr Schwarz criticised the internal inquiry into the corruption allegations as having "huge failings".

"Two of the key officers are still on duty on the same case and one has retired and joined Risc Management," he told the committee.

In a statement the Metropolitan Police said: "The MPS is investigating an allegation that illegal payments were made to police officers for information by a private investigation agency.

"The DPS referred the matter to the IPCC in October 2011 which agreed to supervise a DPS investigation into the allegations.

"This is an ongoing investigation and it would be inappropriate to comment further at this stage whilst the investigation is under way."

The BBC has confirmed that in the seven months since the DPS inquiry was launched, neither Risc Management, nor the law firm who hired them on behalf of James Ibori, have been contacted. No police officer has been asked about the allegations.

Already under fire for not properly investigating allegations of phone hacking, and with officers facing allegations they accepted cash from News International journalists, the new claims heap further pressure on the Metropolitan Police.

It is not possible to be certain whether the documents at the heart of the corruption allegations are genuine or elaborate fakes nor whether corrupt payments were actually made.

Risc Management denies it has ever paid money to any police officer.

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Post by Guest on 23.05.12 15:15

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#metpolice Two former Scot Yard detectives, believed to work for private investigators, arrested on suspicion of bribing a serving detective
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Post by Guest on 23.05.12 16:52

Ian Puddick‏@ianpuddick
BreakingTweet More #corrupt #MetPolice officers to be arrested .... 4 so far ....more to come#policecorruptionhttp://www.ianpuddick.com



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#MetPolice doc to be revealed will show they wanted to #coverup the scale of #policecorruption#levesonhttp://www.policeexpenses.co.ukk



martinbrunt‏@skymartinbrunt

#metpolice Fourth arrest, another ex-Scot Yard detective on suspicion of bribing a serving officer. He was arrested by appointment.



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#metpolice One of those arrested is ex-Scot Yard detective sergeant Keith Hunter, now CEO of Risc Management, private investigators.



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I am reliably informed lots more #policecorruption to be exposed inc £30,000 cash handed to 2 #MetPolice officers in a sainsburys bag
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Post by justme3 on 23.05.12 22:12

Our whole justice system is in crisis. Who can we trust to protect us now. I'll say it again.............what a stinking, filthy country we live in.

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Post by jd on 24.05.12 1:14

@justme3 wrote:Our whole justice system is in crisis. Who can we trust to protect us now. I'll say it again.............what a stinking, filthy country we live in.

Yes.

One memory I shall never forget is last summer during the riots, the day when London was burning. I have never felt so alone and unprotected. That furniture shop in Croydon could have been saved but they sent the police there to Oxford street instead to protect a multi billion Apple Mac store which hardly had any equipment in the store anyway, and what they could have lost would just be put down as an item on the expenses column. Its more important to protect a multi billion company because of PR in the media, than a family business who have nothing to fall back on and is their only livelihood. And in Enfield where hundreds of music makers and independent film makers lost everything in the Sony warehouse, all their masters of their work totally unprotected and in the end burnt as it was more important to protect multi billion companies PR reputation and the headlines . And where were our great leaders through all this....on holiday! They had to be dragged back kicking and screaming purely to do some PR as they feared their reputation, they hated having to postpone & disrupt their holidays in order to do their job they were elected to do and be a leader and protect this country. Boris with the brush showing defiance in Clapham was just a publicity stunt with no real meaning that makes me vomit. What about the rest of us totally vulnerable and exposed in losing everything a person has given their lives for and all these leaders were concerned about was having their luxury holiday interrupted!!

And lets not forget the delightful jeremy clarkson who went on BBC1 TV 'The One Show' saying to all the ones who were striking in order to protect their pensions and the very very little earnings that get swallowed up in the high cost of living in the UK that they "should be SHOT in front of their families"..I mean how sick is this. Its alright for him living in the land of luxury and smoozing with the rich and powerful in their remote world totally oblivious to the realities of life. These people are all in it together, they look down on the rest of society and have zero respect for it. If you haven't the pounds notes in your bank account then you stupid and a waste of life is their view and boy have they shown it. No wonder gerry mccann is so smug and laughing his ugly head off just days after his daughter went missing, he knows he is in the circle and will be totally protected whatever happens which has been proven over the last 5 years

The mccann propaganda machine has spent 5 years lying and distorting facts, not telling truths and yet nothing is said or done. They change a witness statements facts on national TV like the Smith statement by totally changing what he said in his statement to make it the same as the lie of jane tanner to suit their agenda, changing the description of the man Smith saw to jane tanners and the position the man was holding the child, even changing the street!! Where is the honesty and reporting of facts?? If this is not lying in order to suit their agenda then what is! they slander Derek Accorah for saying (out of context) he has visions of Maddie killed, yet their own people are saying she is a sex slave and been raped and lying dead in the bottom of a Dam! But nothing is said about this, oh no they can say their horrendous lying theories to their hearts content but if anyone else has one (and ones backed up with facts) then bang....lawyers you are ruined. They entice the public to approach innocent 9 year old girls with their false lying & changing of the facts stories and scaring them just because they look like trademark Maddie. India. The taxi driver story changed dates and quotes from the pink one to fit their new agenda...Its all lies! these people are seriously sick in the head yet they hold the power which is frightening to the core of any decent honest being

Yes justme3 what a stinking, filthy country we live in
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Post by Guest on 24.05.12 18:15



Police recorded 8,500 corruption allegations in three years

Watchdog says only 13 officers have been prosecuted and found guilty following the thousands of claims
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guardian.co.uk, Thursday 24 May 2012 13.17 BST



The police watchdog chief has called for more powers for the police to more effectively investigate themselves.


The police watchdog has revealed how more than 8,500 allegations about corruption have been recorded by forces in England and Wales in three years – but only 13 police officers have been prosecuted and found guilty.

Calling for additional powers and resources to tackle police corruption linked to the private sector, the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) warned that although corruption in the police is not deemed to be "widespread", it has a "corrosive" impact on public trust.

Detailing hundreds of cases of alleged corruption investigated or supervised by the watchdog, including some of "serious corruption, sometimes at a senior level", the IPCC called on ministers to consider giving the body more teeth.

It said the Home Office should consider whether the watchdog "can be resourced to carry out more investigations and exercise greater oversight in this area". The report shows allegations of corruption have steadily increased in recent years.

The report comes in a dramatic week in which parliament has heard allegations that officers within the Metropolitan police's anti-corruption unit were paid bribes. Within 24 hours of the allegations being raised before MPs, the Met – which had been investigating the case since October – made a series of arrests.

The Guardian revealed on Tuesday that the force was investigating allegations that a firm of private investigators, RISC Management, composed of former Met police officers, may have paid bribes to serving police officers in the force's anti-corruption unit.

Details of the case, which involves allegations of payments amounting to £20,000, were raised in evidence to the home affairs select committee. The following day, the offices of RISC Management were raided, and a serving Scotland Yard detective and three former Met police officers were arrested. One of the arrested former Met detectives was Keith Hunter, the chief executive of RISC Management.

The IPCC report makes specific reference to concerns about potentially corrupt relationships between police officers and the private sector. The watchdog's inquiry was launched in the wake of the phone-hacking scandal and related allegations that police officers received illicit payments from journalists.

The IPCC noted that it investigated only a small fraction of the corruption allegations, owing to its limited remit and resources, leaving individual forces to investigate their own officers in the vast majority of cases.

"The public is understandably doubtful about the extent to which, in this particular instance, the police can investigate themselves," said the IPCC's new chair, Dame Anne Owers. In a sign she would be seeking greater power and resources for the IPCC for tackling corruption, she said she would raise these concerns with ministers directly.

She added: "This report illustrates the kind of behaviour that undermines public confidence in the police such as abuse of authority, perverting the course of justice and accepting generous hospitality."

The report, which also called for more effective national system for handling allegations against very senior officers, collated data for all forces in England and Wales between 2008 and 2011. During that three year period, 8,542 allegations of corruption were recorded by police forces. Of those, only 837 were referred to the IPCC. The watchdog only had the resources or powers to independently investigate 21 of the most serious cases.

However, only a small proportion of the 8,500-plus allegations about corruption resulted in police officers being prosecuted. In total, 18 officers were charged and prosecuted following independent or "managed" IPCC investigations; 13 were found guilty.

The report said these allegations included rape and sexual assault, the fraudulent use of corporate credit cards, perverting the course of justice, the provision of false statements, and the misuse of police databases. Eleven of those found guilty were constables, one was a sergeant and the other a commander.

In the majority of the cases, questions over officer's conduct were not supplied by colleagues, but came to light after allegations from the public.

A larger number of cases were dealt with internally, with 87 police officers facing misconduct hearings within their forces – in 87% of those cases, the allegations of corruption were upheld. However, the most common punishment was a "written warning". The next most likely sanction was involved placing the officers under supervision or providing them with more training.

Only 14 officers – 18% of the total found guilty at misconduct hearings – were dismissed from the police or required to resign.

The cases revealed in the report found that the most senior officer to be found guilty of corruption-related misconduct was a chief constable, the highest-ranking officer in the force. His deputy was found guilty of "discreditable conduct".

Most cases in the report – 33% of reported allegations – involve alleged cases of perverting the course of justice. The next most common form of corruption allegation is theft and fraud.

Another case involved a retired 63-year-old detective chief superintendent and a retired 55-year-old detective constable who received prison sentences after admitting charges of misconduct in a public office and conspiracy to commit fraud.

After retiring from South Wales police, the former detective chief superintendent began working as a private investigator – his co-defendant, the detective constable, rejoined the force in a civilian role, as an administrator.

The two men then struck up a corrupt arrangement whereby, in exchange for payment, the civilian administrator would conduct illicit checks on police databases and disclose information to the investigator to assist him in his work.

The IPCC said: "The investigation also revealed that the administrator had links with a known criminal and he was found guilty of money-laundering after the police seized £200,000 from his property."

Owers added: "There are strong links between public trust and perceptions of police corruption. A serious focus on tackling police corruption is important, not just because it unearths unethical police behaviour, but because of the role it plays in wider public trust, views of police legitimacy and, on a practical level, cooperation and compliance with the police."

Deputy chief constable Bernard Lawson, who chairs the counter-corruption advisory group for the Association of Chief Police Officers, said: "This report again recognises that corruption is neither endemic nor widespread in the police service. However, the actions of a few corrupt officers can corrode the great work of so many working hard daily to protect the public."

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Post by justme3 on 25.05.12 14:33

Another expenses farce! Watchdog who monitors MPs’ money is claiming £400 a day for meetings they don’t even attend.

Executives at the watchdog set up to monitor MPs’ pay and expenses are claiming £400 a day for meetings they hold over the phone, it has been claimed.

Minutes of two board meetings at the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority show only its chairman, Sir Ian Kennedy, attended, while the remaining executives took part over the phone.



Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2149503/Another-expenses-farce-Watchdog-monitors-MPs-money-claiming-400-day-meetings-don-t-attend.html#ixzz1vt7SQjT4



A corrupt judiciary, fraudlent politicians, and those paid to monitor them. We are on our own. No one there to protect the decent, honest people in society. I'll say it again.........WHAT A STINKING, FILTHY COUNTRY WE LIVE IN!!

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Post by aquila on 25.05.12 14:47

@justme3 wrote:Another expenses farce! Watchdog who monitors MPs’ money is claiming £400 a day for meetings they don’t even attend.

Executives at the watchdog set up to monitor MPs’ pay and expenses are claiming £400 a day for meetings they hold over the phone, it has been claimed.

Minutes of two board meetings at the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority show only its chairman, Sir Ian Kennedy, attended, while the remaining executives took part over the phone.



Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2149503/Another-expenses-farce-Watchdog-monitors-MPs-money-claiming-400-day-meetings-don-t-attend.html#ixzz1vt7SQjT4



A corrupt judiciary, fraudlent politicians, and those paid to monitor them. We are on our own. No one there to protect the decent, honest people in society. I'll say it again.........WHAT A STINKING, FILTHY COUNTRY WE LIVE IN!!

We do indeed but the level of greed is incredible. The LI is imo nothing more than a facade. I doubt anything great will come from it. Too many reputations at peril. I wouldn't be surprised if it weren't made into a musical in the future - maybe Broadway first and then the West End. I'm quoting Tigger again 'we live in interesting times' we do live in those. The banks have failed, the government is full of corruption, those in top positions within the police are suspect, we have an open border in UK and a European court our government signed up for who controls things. I have only been back in UK for a few weeks. I am ashamed of my country.
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Post by tigger on 25.05.12 14:58

It all gives a whole new meaning to: Job Creation Scheme - used to be for the working classes, now it's jobs for the boys.

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Post by aquila on 25.05.12 15:08

@tigger wrote:It all gives a whole new meaning to: Job Creation Scheme - used to be for the working classes, now it's jobs for the boys.

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What's really sick Tigger is the fat cats that have made money out of the search for Madeleine. Anyone who has the gall to contradict the story is whacked with lawsuits. The other sick thing imo is the immediate link with the powerful people - we are talking about hours here within the disappearance of Madeleine. I always try to put my feet into the shoes of someone who has lost their child. I just don't understand WHY the McCanns have so much privilege.
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Post by joyce1938 on 25.05.12 18:55

aquila,i totally see what you are saying,no one i know on this site or 2 others can make head nor tail of the happenings of the macs and all the biggies around this case,its a blinking mystery .joyce1938
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Post by friedtomatoes on 25.05.12 19:04

police officers , priests, lawyers, doctors, mps and the rest of the so called respectable professions are human, they can be as criminal and corrupt as anyone, they are no different, i agree they have certain special responsibilities to the public thats why its sickenin gwhen they are found out being criminals, ho hum, i think any sentences meted out should be doubled

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Post by Guest on 25.05.12 23:24

25 May 2012 Last updated at 16:34



Ex-Met detective Ryan Coleman Farrow on misconduct charges
An ex detective specialising in rape cases is to be prosecuted for allegedly faking police records.

Ryan Coleman Farrow will be charged with 13 counts of misconduct in a public office, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said.

The former detective constable "wilfully engaged in conduct amounting to an abuse of the public's trust", charges against him will say.

He will appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court on 20 June.

The charges relate to allegations of misconduct between January 2007 and September 2010, while he was an officer at Kingston upon Thames, south-west London, working for Scotland Yard's specialist Sapphire unit.

"The 13 charges include allegations that Mr Coleman Farrow failed to perform his duty in investigating rape and sexual assault cases, falsified entries on the police's Crime Report Information System and falsified records of CPS decisions which had never actually been referred to the CPS," specialist lawyer with the CPS Rosemary Fernandes said.

"I am satisfied there is sufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction and it is in the public interest to prosecute this case," she added.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission said charges followed an independent investigation by the police watchdog "which examined concerns about how he had conducted crime investigations and allegations that he had falsified statements and reports".

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-18211232
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