Fraud in­ves­ti­ga­tion at sports cen­tre

The Scotsman - - News - Shan rOSS

PO­LICE have launched an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into an al­leged £20,000 fraud at a Scot­tish lo­cal author­ity, it emerged yes­ter­day.

In­ter­nal au­di­tors at Scot­tish Bor­ders Coun­cil re­ported a sus­pected fi­nan­cial ir­reg­u­lar­ity re­lat­ing to the Queen’s Sports Cen­tre in Galashiels ear­lier this month.

Of­fi­cers from Loth­ian and Bor­ders Po­lice were called to the coun­cil’s launched an week.

A male em­ployee in the lo­cal author­ity’s ac­counts depart­ment is un­der­stood to have been sus­pended while in­quires are car­ried out.

A po­lice spokesman said: “We can con­firm that we are cur­rently co-op­er­at­ing with Scot­tish Bor­ders Coun­cil and pro­gress­ing an in­quiry re­gard­ing al­leged fi­nan­cial ir­reg­u­lar­ity by a staff head­quar­ters and in­ves­ti­ga­tion last mem­ber. These in­quiries an early stage.”

A spokes­woman for Scot­tish Bor­ders Coun­cil said: “A mem­ber of staff is the sub­ject of an in­ves­ti­ga­tion which is cur­rently un­der way. We can­not pro­vide any fur­ther de­tails.”

The coun­cil spokes­woman re­fused to con­firm if the em­ployee in­volved had been sus­pended.

The Queen’s cen­tre runs a range of classes from judo to foot­ball.

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