Manchester

Police inspector Mohammed Razaq guilty of fraud

A senior Greater Manchester Police officer has been convicted of insurance and mortgage fraud.

Insp Mohammed Razaq, of Bradford Road, Bolton, made false insurance claims on the four houses he owned, profiting by £13,000, police said.

He was found guilty of six offences of fraud and and three under the Proceeds of Crime Act at Manchester's Minshull Street Crown Court.

He has been suspended for two years and will be sentenced on 28 June.

Greater Manchester Police said a misconduct inquiry will be held and the case referred to the Home Secretary to decide if he should have part of his pension withheld.

Razaq, who led the Bolton West neighbourhood team, made three false claims against his properties in Great Lever, Daubhill and Salford between 2008 and 2011, police said.

He also attempted to secure more favourable terms on property insurance, fraudulently obtained a £12,000 loan against one of his houses and obtained a personal mortgage for a house he bought to let.

Elisa Hopley, of the Crown Prosecution Service, said: "Mohammed Razaq embarked upon a prolonged period of dishonesty, breaching the trust that was placed in him as a serving inspector for Greater Manchester Police."

Police officers were "not above the laws they are expected to uphold", she said.

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