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Police officer convicted of fraud

News   •   Aug 11, 2017 10:28 BST

A police constable has been convicted of two counts of fraud.

PC Reshat Kemal, aged 35, attached to Hammersmith and Fulham Borough, pleaded guilty to fraud by false representation on Monday, 7 August at Southwark Crown Court.

The matter relates to PC Kemal offering his victims the opportunity to invest money with him, promising sizeable returns. In the case of one of the victims, the money was never returned; the other victim received less than half of what she had given to him.

The investigation revealed that the money was never invested but was instead used by PC Kemal as personal funds.

The Met's Directorate of Professional Standards commenced an investigation following a public complaint and PC Kemal was subsequently arrested on 19 May 2015.

PC Kemal was charged on 22 October 2016 with two counts of fraud after consultation with the Crown Prosecution Service.

He pleaded guilty to both charges. The sentence has been adjourned until Tuesday, 7 November.

Chief Inspector Tracey Stephenson, of the Directorate of Professional Standards, said: "The very fabric of British policing is dependent on public trust. For this reason, police officers are expected to display the highest levels of honesty and integrity, abide by the law and comport themselves with the utmost professionalism. PC Kemal has fallen far short of these standards and it is right that he be held accountable for his actions.”

PC Kemal has been suspended throughout the investigation, and will remain under suspension while he is subject to misconduct proceedings.