Police officer charged over 'fraud'
A former and current police officer have been charged over their alleged involvement in a £1.1 million fraud.
Pc Catriona Staff, 31, and her husband, Ben Staff, 33, a former officer, were charged yesterday along with another man, Kevin Nixon, 50, Norfolk Police said.
It follows an investigation by the Eastern Region Specialist Operation Unit into the operations of a construction business called Mr Trades Ltd.
Pc Staff, of Lucas Court, Norwich, is charged with three counts of money laundering totalling over £215,000 and has been suspended from her duties with Norfolk Police pending the outcome of the prosecution.
Ben Staff, of the same address, and Nixon, of Shortthorn Road, Stratton Strawless, are jointly charged with blackmail, relating to the development of a recycling centre outside Norwich and the transfer of a lease agreement on a piece of land.
Ben Staff is charged with eleven further offences, including fraudulent trading, fraud by false representation and false accounting in relation to a business, namely Mr Trades Ltd, two further counts of false accounting, one in relation to a second company, SES East Anglia, three further counts of fraud by false representation and three counts of money laundering, totalling over £1,113,000.
All have been released on conditional bail to appear before Norwich Magistrates Court on December 12.