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Hundreds Of Top British Cops Defrauded The Taxpayer For Millions In Phony Expense Racket

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Hundreds of top British cops defrauded the taxpayer for millions in phony expense racket

Here's a neat companion story to the nation-rocking news that UK Members of Parliament have used their expense accounts to commit massive acts of fraud against the taxpayer: it turns out that Scotland Yard's top detectives have been doing the exact same thing, charging millions to their official AmEx cards, taking huge cash-advances at ATMs, buying clothes for their girlfriends, charging custom-made suits bought from mail-order bespoke tailors, etc. One officer charged £40,000 to his card in a single year. These were elite cops from special units -- including the anti-terror squad, whose members are charged with inflating their expenses from investigating the 7/7 bombings.
"It beggars belief that our police, who are supposed to be solving crime, are suspected of fraud on a grand scale."

Auditors at the Metropolitan Police Authority have spent two years examining receipts from the accounts of more than 3,500 officers. The Amex cards were issued in 2006 to detectives from specialist operations, which includes counter-terrorism and those involved in diplomatic and royalty protection.

The scheme was then extended to the specialist crime directorate, which counters organised crime, as well as conducting sensitive inquiries such as the cash-for-honours investigation...

Sources have told the Observer that some detectives had fallen into the habit of withdrawing hundreds of pounds at a time from cashpoints. Other officers appear to have filled in blank receipts from restaurants to account for cash payments.

Guardians piece:

Card fraud probe targets 300 detectives

More than 300 elite Scotland Yard detectives are suspected of defrauding the taxpayer of millions of pounds by abusing their corporate credit cards, the Observer can disclose.

Auditors who have examined the American Express accounts of 3,500 officers involved in countering terrorism and organised crime have reported almost one in 11 detectives to the Metropolitan Police's internal investigators.

A senior officer appears to have spent £40,000 on his Amex card in one year, without authorisation. Items bought by others without permission include suits, women's clothing and fishing rods.

The scale of the suspected fraud, disclosed in an internal Metropolitan Police Authority report, will send shock waves through the force. Until now, the investigation into expenses fraud was thought to have focused on fewer than 40 officers. It comes days after Sir Paul Stephenson, the Met Commissioner, faced the potentially damaging disclosure that six officers face investigation over claims that a drug suspect's head was forced into a lavatory that was flushed repeatedly.

Authority members expressed their dismay last night. Jenny Jones, a Green Party member, said: "Taxpayers have every right to be angry about this. Well done to the current auditing team for uncovering this, but what on earth was happening before? Why was there no accountability?

"It beggars belief that our police, who are supposed to be solving crime, are suspected of fraud on a grand scale."

Auditors at the Metropolitan Police Authority have spent two years examining receipts from the accounts of more than 3,500 officers. The Amex cards were issued in 2006 to detectives from specialist operations, which includes counter-terrorism and those involved in diplomatic and royalty protection.

The scheme was then extended to the specialist crime directorate, which counters organised crime, as well as conducting sensitive inquiries such as the cash-for-honours investigation.

The cards were for travel and subsistence, so that officers did not have to spend their own money while on long-running investigations away from their Scotland Yard base.

Sources have told the Observer that some detectives had fallen into the habit of withdrawing hundreds of pounds at a time from cashpoints. Other officers appear to have filled in blank receipts from restaurants to account for cash payments.

One source said: "Some people bought three-piece suits while in the far east and claimed that they needed them for work. But it would not have taken much nous to realise that it was 45C in the shade, and not the weather for a waistcoat."

The number of suspected fraudsters will be presented to the Met at a meeting tomorrow.

A report by Peter Tickner, the head of internal audit at the Metropolitan Police Authority, states that it has finished examining the Amex accounts of all officers. "In excess of 300 police officers have been referred to the Directorate of Professional Standards [DPS] by my staff and 46 of these have become formal investigations overseen by the Independent Police Complaints Commission," he wrote.

Only detectives suspected of overcharging by more than £1,000 have been referred to the DPS. Its investigators are believed to be examining hundreds of files.

The use of Amex cards was halted in December 2007. A number of officers have already been arrested in connection with the investigation.

Last month, three officers were arrested for allegedly making "inflated" expenses claims while investigating the 7 July bombings.

They were suspected of misusing corporate credit cards while they were based in Leeds examining the backgrounds of the suicide bombers.

Frigging corrupt nation. We need big changes.

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Jesus! The house of cards is slowly collapsing, and it unearths a disgusting sight.

Indeed. All this 'wealth' just wasn't at all.

The very unfortunate truth, is, at the end of the day, somebody has to pay for it.

Yes. The taxpayer.

This is Britain. Same as it ever was.

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Told you so.

All they are in it for is the money - all of them.

The only safeguard is to be able to not pay them when they do a bad job.

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it got a mention on C4 news... i think i was trying not to think about it.

break stuff, or dodge tax? the goalposts are getting narrower

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Read in the Times today (I think) about a headmaster earning over £200k a year. The school had gyms and studio apartments on the premises (!). The intention was plough the income back into the school, but the cash is just being creamed off.

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Are there no honest people in this country?

Even if I was in a position of power, I wouldn't even think of doing this because I've been brought up to be honest and kind.

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"Gordon Brown steps down"

Would that headline surprise you?

It might raise an eyebrow but honestly ive got to the point where if the times top story tomorrrow was "Mandelson demands skin of all firstborns for 100% leather wall-papered govt funded sex den" I wouldnt bat an eye lid.

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Are there no honest people in this country?

Even if I was in a position of power, I wouldn't even think of doing this because I've been brought up to be honest and kind.

Therein lies the problem.

You only get somewhere in Britain if you are born into it, just as it always has been.

Everybody else has to lie, cheat, and steal to get a leg up, forcing us to become a very nasty, greedy, and corrupt people.

That moral decline of ours really kicked the ar$e out of Britain's national integrity. I pretty much guarantee that we have no clout on the world stage any more, especially after Iraq, the banks, and Labour.

We've been reduced to bit players, hanging onto the back of the big sick American gorilla.

Thankfully we have Gordon Brown to save the world...err...

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Are there no honest people in this country?

Even if I was in a position of power, I wouldn't even think of doing this because I've been brought up to be honest and kind.

Therein lies the problem. Power always corrupts. Even honest people eventually cave in and join in or just turn a blind eye.

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Are there no honest people in this country?

Even if I was in a position of power, I wouldn't even think of doing this because I've been brought up to be honest and kind.

Which is why you aren't in a position of power, init?!

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Has anyone seen the old bill?

I'll get me coat, in fact keep it, I'll get a new one on parliamentary expenses.

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Is this a suprise? There's been no moral decline, it was always the same. People have very short memories, there is a major corruption scandle every ten years at the Met.

Check out the vice squad in the 60's and the drug squad in the 70's.

Given the opportunity people will take advantage.

That is why the police have to be policed themselves.

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Is this a suprise? There's been no moral decline, it was always the same. People have very short memories, there is a major corruption scandle every ten years at the Met.

Check out the vice squad in the 60's and the drug squad in the 70's.

Given the opportunity people will take advantage.

That is why the police have to be policed themselves.

Who watches the watchers?

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It might raise an eyebrow but honestly ive got to the point where if the times top story tomorrrow was "Mandelson demands skin of all firstborns for 100% leather wall-papered govt funded sex den" I wouldnt bat an eye lid.

When did you see Mandys expence forms?

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