Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 20 August 2014

Fraud case officers disciplined

Three police officers have been disciplined after they failed to properly investigate claims a woman was being defrauded by her estranged husband.

The officers blamed excessive workloads, sick leave and holidays for lengthy delays in the case.

However, the Police Ombudsman's Office, which investigated the complaint, said they had failed to keep proper records, update the alleged victim on the inquiry and deal with the case efficiently.

The woman complained to the watchdog nine months after first contacting police to report her ex-husband.

Complaints were made against a total of five police officers.

Investigators from the Police Ombudsman's Office spoke to all five officers, and reviewed all police documentation relating to the case.

This included correspondence between the woman and the police, as well as police notebooks and internal correspondence between the officers.

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