News : Plymouth Council Manager in Fraud and Theft Probe
Plymouth, England, UK, Jan 22, 2015 -- A senior manager at Plymouth City Council is involved in a probe into allegations of theft and misconduct.
Detectives from the fraud unit of Staffordshire Police’s major and organised crime department are reviewing allegations that items were stolen from a call centre in Stoke and sold on eBay. It is understood the operation involves a current senior member of staff at PCC.
The wide-ranging inquiry is understood to involve other people who may be connected to both Plymouth and Stoke-on-Trent councils, but no arrests have yet been made.
Police were first alerted to the allegations a year ago by a pair of Stoke-on-Trent councillors, Duncan Walker and Anthony Munday.
In a joint statement, the councillors said: "In February of last year, we handed a large amount of information to Staffordshire Police regarding allegations of theft, malpractice and misconduct in public office at Stoke-on-Trent City Council. This information had been passed to us through several different sources.
"We are aware a police investigation into these allegations has now been ongoing for several months and it would be inappropriate for us to comment further until that investigation has reached a conclusion."
The thefts allegedly occurred in 2012, when Stoke-on-Trent City Council closed its call centre.
It is understood one of the items was a Plantronics Savi wireless headset and dock, which has a typical retail price of about £200.
A Staffordshire Police spokeswoman said: "Detectives are conducting a review into historic allegations of theft and misconduct at Stoke-on-Trent City Council. We cannot confirm or deny the names of anyone who may or may not be involved."
The investigation is being led by detectives from the fraud investigation branch of Staffordshire Police’s major and organised crime department, based in Stafford.
It follows a separate internal investigation at Stoke-on-Trent City Council last year, led by Freeths Solicitors, the results of which have not been made public.
A Stoke-on-Trent City Council spokesman said: "We are aware that Staffordshire Police is reviewing historic allegations, and it would be inappropriate to comment further while the review takes place."
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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About Plymouth City Council:
Plymouth City Council is the unitary authority for Plymouth, Devon. It has traditionally been controlled by Labour and the Conservatives, with Liberal Democrats rarely winning seats upon the council. It meets in Plymouth Guildhall in Plymouth City Centre.
About Stoke-on-Trent City Council:
Stoke-on-Trent City Council is the local authority of Stoke-on-Trent. It is a unitary authority, with the powers and functions of a non-metropolitan county and district council combined. The Lord Mayor of Stoke-on-Trent for the 2014/15 municipal year is Majid Khan.
Published: Friday, January 23, 2015