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Met officers accused of rent fraud during 7/7 inquiry

Three Metropolitan Police officers have been charged over an alleged plot to defraud the force over rents.

Det Sgt Peter Allbut, Det Con Daren Pooley and Det Sgt Nevill Caldecourt are charged with conspiracy to defraud and misconduct in a public office.

They and three civilians allegedly planned to overcharge for flat rentals in Leeds while they were investigating the 7 July London bombings.

All six are due before Westminster Magistrate's Court on 3 February.

The alleged offences took place between 1 April 2006 and 30 September 2007.

Det Con Pooley's wife Nicola, from Sleaford, Lincolnshire, her sister Michelle Butler and her sister's husband Stephen, from Spalding, Lincolnshire, are also charged with conspiracy to defraud.

The charges against the officers also includes allegations of the misuse of corporate credit cards.

They were charged following an investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

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