Met officer guilty of expenses fraud during 7/7 probe

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A counter-terrorism officer has been found guilty of defrauding the Metropolitan Police during the investigation into the 7 July bombings.

Det Con Daren Pooley, 41, was one of a number of officers sent on a long-term deployment to Leeds following the terrorist attacks in London in 2005.

But he tried to make a "quick profit" out of his employers in a property scam, Southwark Crown Court heard.

Pooley and his wife Nicola, 37, were convicted of conspiracy to defraud

Three 7 July suicide bombers, Mohammed Siddique Khan, Shehzad Tanweer and Hasib Hussain were from Leeds. The fourth bomber, Jermain Lindsay, was from Buckinghamshire.

In 2006, Pooley, his future wife and his brother-in-law Stephen Butler hatched a scheme to charge the Met £1,950 for apartments the officer was only paying £650 rent for.

Butler pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud at an earlier hearing.

Sentencing was adjourned until 22 November.

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