Met audit claims scalps

Auditors raised the alarm in 2004 after combing the books to discover
officers may have taken advantage of American Express credit cards given to
cover expenses while carrying out royal protection duty and other high-profile

This week, two senior officers were arrested on charges relating to the
alleged abuse.

A spokesman for the Met, which has its books signed off by the Audit
Commission, said: ‘Auditors looking at use of corporate credit cards discovered
there were loose processes or sloppy management in some areas. In some cases it
did not appear there were proper controls over the way the cards were being

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