Met detective held in bribery probe
May 24 2012
A Scotland Yard anti-corruption detective and three ex-officers with the force are being investigated in connection with a suspected bribery scam.
The 45-year-old detective constable was questioned on Wednesday on suspicion of providing information about Nigerian fraudster James Ibori in return for cash.
Two private investigators, aged 53 and 58, and another man were held in connection with providing the money after raids at the London offices of Risc Management Ltd, it is understood. All four were released on bail last night pending further inquiries.
The Metropolitan Police confirmed the firm previously worked with the force.
Mike Schwarz, a partner at Bindmans LLP, told the Home Affairs Select Committee on Tuesday of possible cash payments made by investigation firm Risc to sources of theirs who were "presumably police officers or those close to the investigation".
Records showed roughly half a dozen payments amounting to about £20,000 over an eight or nine-month period, Mr Schwarz claimed.
Scotland Yard said the fourth man was arrested at a south London police station by appointment. "He was arrested on suspicion of bribery of a police officer," a spokesman said. "Officers have previously attended a residential address outside of London and a 45-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of receiving payments for information. He is a serving detective constable in the MPS (Metropolitan Police Service)."
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