Inquiry goes on into West Exe school finances
A POLICE investigation into whether salary fraud took place at the city's largest school is continuing.
In November the Echo revealed that officers had been investigating whether any fraudulent activity has taken place at West Exe Technology College since July.
A letter from Shaun Sawyer, chief constable of Devon and Cornwall Police, to Exeter MP Ben Bradshaw, confirmed that officers are investigating whether any fraudulent activity had taken place at the school under the leadership of former executive head Steve Maddern and former chair of governors Paul Smith.
County council officials informed police about issues raised in an internal audit report it conducted into the financial management of the school under their rule.
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A spokesperson for the police authority has now confirmed that the investigation is still ongoing.
The inquiry followed a report which uncovered years of alleged financial mismanagement under the leadership of former executive headteacher Steve Maddern.
The report criticised the close relationship between Mr Maddern and Mr Smith.
Police investigations are running in conjunction with Devon County Council auditors and the Crown Prosecution Service.