23 September 2008 | Paul Snell
A former policeman has been sentenced to 10 months in jail after admitting spending more than £70,000 on personal items on a corporate card.
Richard De Cadenet, a former detective sergeant with the Metropolitan Police, pleaded guilty to spending £73,669.18 on a credit card issued for business use at Southwark Crown Court yesterday.
"This was a serious misuse of the public's money," said Deborah Glass, commissioner for London at the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC). "I hope today's sentence reassures the taxpayers of London that abuse of the system will not be tolerated. I commend the Metropolitan Police for the vigour with which they are now dealing with this matter."
The Met have been investigating expenditure on the 3,500 corporate cards used since 2006. Last year the Metropolitan Police Authority (MPA) warned the force that £2 million of spend on its cards was unaccounted for.
The Met's Directorate of Professional Standards has so far referred 25 cases and the MPA two cases of misuse to the IPCC. The IPCC is currently assessing whether the cases should be referred to the Crown Prosecution Service to decide whether criminal prosecution should take place.