Police launch Scottish Borders Council fraud probe

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The investigation is understood to centre on the authority's sports department

Police have launched an investigation into a suspected fraud at Scottish Borders Council - thought to be in its sports department.

It is believed a sum of about £20,000 is unaccounted for.

Internal auditors noticed the financial irregularity earlier this month and a probe, involving Lothian and Borders Police, was launched last week.

SBC leader David Parker said the investigation would not impact on any services.

A police spokesman said they were "currently co-operating with SBC and progressing an inquiry regarding alleged financial irregularity by a staff member".

Finances at the authority were tightened up almost a decade ago after a lack of monitoring procedures led to a £4m overspend by the education department - resulting in major cuts.

Further improvements in recent years have brought in even tighter accountancy checks within all departments.

A spokesperson for Scottish Borders Council said: "A member of staff is the subject of an investigation which is currently under way.

"We cannot provide any further details."

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