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Officer dismissed for turning a blind eye to her husband's criminality

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Officer dismissed for turning a blind eye to her husband's criminality

A police officer has been dismissed without notice after an investigation by the Met’s Anti-Corruption Command discovered her husband was responsible for the theft of large amounts of cash from members of an Organised Criminal Network.

A misconduct hearing in the case of PC Inga Gherghel concluded on 30 June and the panel found gross misconduct proven.

The panel, led by an independent legally qualified chair, heard evidence relating to the arrest of PC Gherghel's husband on 28 April 2020.

A search was conducted at the couple's home address and an MPS MetVest - force issued body armour - was found inside a cupboard. It had not been issued to PC Gherghel.

A shoebox containing more than £10,000 in cash was also discovered in a bedroom wardrobe.

The hearing found that being aware of the presence of the items, PC Gherghel willfully failed to enquire further in to the origin or purpose of the items and as to what either might be doing in her flat.

Six people – including a former Metropolitan Police officer – were sentenced in May last year after admitting a range of offences following the wider investigation by the Met’s Directorate of Professional Standards’ Anti-Corruption Command.

PC Gherghel's husband Ioan Gherghel, 36 (09.06.86), of Stratford, E15, was jailed for six years after he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to acquire criminal property.

Commander Marcus Barnett, in charge of policing at the Central East Command Unit, said: "It is the duty of any police officer to report criminality to police and PC Gherghel turned a blind eye to the actions of her husband. This was exacerbated by the fact a MetVest was found at her home that had not been issued to her.

"As the investigation shows, we are determined to root out officers in the Met who do not demonstrate the right qualities and we will prosecute and dismiss them from our force."

PC Gherghel will now be added to the Barred List held by the College of Policing. Those appearing on the list cannot be employed by police, local policing bodies (PCCs), the IOPC or HMIC.