A police officer and two former civilian police workers have been charged with defrauding West Midlands Police out of more than £200,000, it emerged today.
The Crown Prosecution Service said it had authorised police to charge them with conspiracy to defraud alongside three other men.
Lawyers said Manjit Singh Marva, aged 37, a serving constable, former head of recruitment, David Vidgen, 35, and 33-year-old former police worker Adam Warwick were each also charged yesterday with misconduct in public office.
The charges followed a 12-month investigation by detectives into allegations that false invoices were submitted to the force’s Lloyd House HQ, in Birmingham and “dishonestly processed” in order for payments to be made.
The payments are understood to total more than £200,000.
During the inquiry, officers liaised closely with specialist lawyers from the West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service Complex Case Work Unit.
It is understood PC Marva has been suspended by the force. The other two are now thought to have left the force.