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Kings Science Academy: Man Held In Fraud Probe
The head teacher of a flagship free school has been arrested on suspicion of fraud.
West Yorkshire Police announced the arrest of a 41-year-old man in connection with an investigation into the Kings Science Academy in Bradford.
They have not named the man, but he is understood to be Sajid Raza, who set up the school in 2011.
The Prime Minister visited the school in 2012 and later personally praised it in a letter to Mr Raza.
The news comes after the Discovery free school in Crawley was closed and the Al-Madinah Free School in Derby was put on special measures.
Police were asked to look into Kings Science Academy after auditors from the Department for Education found the school had submitted fabricated invoices to claim thousands of pounds of public money amid claims of financial irregularities and nepotism.
Three people were interviewed under caution last November.
Detective Superintendent Lisa Griffin, head of crime for the Bradford District, said: "As part of West Yorkshire Police's ongoing investigation into matters at Kings Science Academy, Bradford, a 41-year-old man has today been arrested at premises in Bradford and is currently being questioned in relation to suspected fraud offences."
A spokesman for the Department for Education said: "The department acted as soon as it received allegations of wrongdoing at Kings Science Academy.
"We formally investigated and referred the case to Action Fraud. This resulted in a police investigation which is ongoing. Separately we are recovering appropriate funds.
"All free schools are held to rigorous account. The vast majority are performing well with three-quarters rated good or outstanding. But where there is failure we will not hesitate to intervene."
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