Wareham RNLI employee held over fraud claims

An RNLI employee has been arrested over alleged fraud involving the Dorset-based charity.

A 53-year-old man, from Wareham, Dorset, was held after the organisation made a complaint to the national fraud and crime unit Action Fraud.

The RNLI said the allegations related to a single member of the organisation and a single incident.

The charity would not reveal the nature of the alleged fraud or the amount of money estimated to be involved.

Dorset Police said: "The RNLI made a complaint of fraud to Action Fraud which was referred to Dorset Police on 8 May 2014 to be investigated.

"As a result of the investigation a 53-year-old man from the Wareham area was arrested on suspicion of fraud and has been released on police bail until the middle of March 2015."

An RNLI spokeswoman said: "To the best of the RNLI's knowledge at this time, the allegations which have been made are in relation to an isolated incident and relate to a single member of the organisation.

"The RNLI is taking the matter very seriously and is conducting a thorough internal investigation as well as helping the police. As a criminal investigation is currently under way the RNLI is unable to comment further at this time."

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