Police investigation: four men released on bail

18 March 2016

Following the report by the Police Federation of England Wales to Surrey Police regarding concerns relating to the Federation’s Constables’ Central committee, the following has been released via Surrey Police:

Four arrested in connection with allegation of potential fraudulent activity reported by the Police Federation of England and Wales
Four people have today (Friday, 18 March) been arrested by Surrey Police as part of an investigation into an allegation of potential fraudulent activity. This morning, two men in their fifties and two men in their forties were arrested on suspicion of fraud under Section Four of the Fraud Act and conspiracy to defraud. All four men remain in police custody while enquiries continue. The Police Federation of England and Wales raised concerns with Surrey Police on Tuesday, 15 March and a formal allegation relating to accounts held by the Federation's Constables' Central Committee was made to the Force on Wednesday, 16 March. The allegation relates to concerns about the transfer of around £1 million to a charitable account in August 2015. Leading the investigation, 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, 16 March 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. Due to the nature of the allegation, and those arrested being serving officers, Surrey Police has notified the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) and will also be in liaison with the Charity Commission going forward. I would urge anyone with any information which could assist with the investigation to call the Serious and Organised Crime Team on 101, quoting Operation Rutland. Alternatively you can report online here or call independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."

View Surrey Police's Statement

 

UPDATE

Four men released on bail while investigation into allegation of potential fraudulent activity reported by the Police Federation of England and Wales continues

The four men arrested earlier today (Friday, 18 March) by Surrey Police as part of an investigation into an allegation of potential fraudulent activity reported by the Police Federation of England and Wales have all been released on bail  pending further enquiries.

The two men their fifties and two men in their forties were arrested on suspicion of fraud under Section Four of the Fraud Act and conspiracy to defraud. All four have been released on bail until until 19 June and 20 June while the investigation continues.

View Surrey Police's Statement

The Police Federation of England and Wales is cooperating fully with the enquiry and gives Surrey Police its utmost support. The day-to-day running of the PFEW is not affected and the PFEW remains committed to representing its 122,000 members. Until the enquiry is complete, it would be inappropriate to comment further.