Six arrested in £3m Leeds NHS fraud investigation

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A MANAGER for a Leeds-based NHS trust has been quizzed by police investigating alleged fraud believed to involve up to £3m of public money.

The YEP understands the man is one of six people arrested by police investigating allegations of fraud and money laundering at Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

Det Supt Simon Beldon, of the North East Regional Asset Recovery Team, said: “Six people were arrested between June and September in connection with an ongoing money laundering investigation, headed by the North East Regional Asset Recovery Team and jointly assisted by HMRC, NHS Protect and the Crown Prosecution Service.

“A 40-year-old man and 38-year-old woman were arrested at an address in the Meanwood area of Leeds, a 43-year-old man and 46-year-old woman were arrested at an address in Bristol and a 45-year-old male and a 44-year-old woman were arrested in South Wales. All six have been released on bail while enquiries continue. Two further men aged 50 and 36 and a woman aged 53 have been interviewed under caution regarding the matters.”

Det Supt Beldon added: “The investigation relates to alleged fraud and money laundering offences at the NHS in Leeds.”

A spokesman for Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We have been made aware of the alleged fraud and money laundering offences and are fully assisting the Regional Asset Recovery Team with their enquiries.” Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust provides specialist mental health and learning disability services to people in Leeds and parts of North Yorkshire.

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