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CPS given police file on financial scandal at Priory

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: December 05, 2013

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Police have handed a file to the Crown Prosecution Service after a 20-month investigation into the financial scandal surrounding Lincoln's Priory Federation of Academies.

Richard Gilliland, the £206,000-a-year chief executive who quit the federation on March 30, 2012, employed his wife, daughter and son in well-paid jobs, which included some expenses for a fact-finding mission to Bali.

According to a Government report, he used a school credit card to buy sex games and Christmas dinners and school funds to pay for his son's training at an equestrian centre

The economic crime unit at Lincolnshire Police issued the following statement in relation to its investigation: "In 2012 a referral was made from the Department for Education Internal Audit Investigation Team to Lincolnshire Police.

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"As a result of that referral, Lincolnshire Police commenced a detailed investigation at the Priory Federation of Academies.

"Lincolnshire Police has now completed these enquires and have forwarded a file to the Crown Prosecution Service."

The CPS will now decide whether any charges will be brought.

The federation has issued this statement: "The police investigation relates to an Education Funding Agency report which was issued nearly two years ago and which covered a period before 2012.

"The new Board of Trustees, which was formed in October 2012, has continued to work with the Department for Education and the EFA to ensure that its financial systems and governance are of the highest standard.

"The Trust cannot comment any further at this stage as the matter remains in the hands of Lincolnshire Police and the Crown Prosecution Service."

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