Care workers held in fraud probe
Monday 7th October 2013, 8:00PM BST.
Six care workers have been arrested in connection with a fraud involving vulnerable patients, police said today.
The employees were held during a series of raids this morning following an investigation into criminal activity at a care service provider.
Officers will question the group as part of operation Shetland, an inquiry into the con which resulted in “deficiencies in scheduled care”.
The f our women and two men – aged between 20 and 40 – were held at residential addresses in and outside of London, Scotland Yard said.
Police also raided three businesses in the boroughs of Hillingdon, Newham and Merton.
The investigation was led by the Vulnerable Adults Unit, made up of Metropolitan Police officers.
Chief Superintendent Steve Kershaw said: “Working with our local authority to jointly run a Vulnerable Adults Unit has clearly played a significant role in identifying and taking action against people committing fraud offences that would be considered by most people as abuse against the vulnerable in our community.
“Our investigations will now continue to establish how widespread the offences were.”
The local council has provided additional carers from a new service provider to replace those arrested.
Ray Puddifoot, leader of the council, said: “These arrests demonstrate our commitment to work hand in hand to root out criminal activity targeted at the most vulnerable members of our community.
“The swift and expert advice, guidance and support council officers have given to the police as part of the police investigation has played a huge part in enabling the police actions.
“We have also been working together to carefully organise the successful handover of residents’ care to another provider on the day of the arrests so there was no interruption to services.”