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Four arrested in investigation into federation fraud as vice-chair resigns
Four people have been arrested as part of an investigation into a staff association after suspicious activity was identified in its bank accounts.
The Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW) requested that Surrey Police look in to it after concerns were raised about the transfer of around £1 million into a charitable account last August.
This morning (March 18), the force arrested four men on suspicion of fraud and conspiracy to defraud, three of whom are serving officers.
PFEW vice-chairman Will Riches, a constable in the Metropolitan Police Service, has resigned, but no official reason for this has been given.
Detective Superintendent Karen Mizzi said: “We are carrying out a detailed and thorough investigation into allegations of fraudulent activity involving significant amounts of money.
“As the allegation was only reported to us on Wednesday, March 16, our enquiries are at an early stage but specialist officers, including our Economic Crime Unit, are investigating to establish whether any offences have occurred.
“The Police Federation reported the matter to us as their headquarters is in Leatherhead and we are their local force, but to be clear, those arrested are not Surrey Police officers. Our Professional Standards Department is currently in liaison with colleagues in relevant forces to inform them of the arrest of their officers.”