Sturgeon’s Book Publisher Under Police Investigation Over Fraud Allegations

In February this year, Guido shone a light on the Scottish book publishers Sandstone Press, who announced they were to release of book of Nicola Sturgeon’s greatest speeches just days after the Scottish Parliament Elections. Guido pointed out not only is their managing director Robert Davidson a big SNP supporter, his company had been given tonnes of National Lottery money via Creative Scotland. Their rivals accused them of becoming a “nationalised publisher”. Sandstone is now under investigation by Scotland’s financial crimes unit.

Sandstone faces fraud accusations over the receipt of loans and grants worth £295,000 at the taxpayers’ expense. Officers from the unit will specifically probe whether rules were broken when Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) awarded grants and loans to Sandstone.

Keith Charters, managing director of one of Sandstone’s rivals even wrote to Sturgeon warning of concerns and now says it is “deeply concerning that, when we blew the whistle on how HIE had provided Sandstone with that £120,000 – when we provided the First Minister with detailed evidence of suspected wrongdoing – the response of her officials was to vilify us for daring to challenge on the basis of the evidence.” Oh Hubris…

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SNP Auditors Issue Lengthy Fraud Statement in Party’s Accounts

As the probe into the disappearance of the SNP’s £660,000 referendum war chest continues, it looks like the party’s auditors are keen to protect themselves. Nestled within the SNP’s 2020 accounts, released yesterday, is an extraordinary statement from accountancy firm Johnston Carmichael LLP on the “extent to which the audit was considered capable of detecting irregularities, including fraud”. The firm claims:

“We considered the opportunities and incentives that may exist within the organisation for fraud and identified the greatest potential for fraud in the following area: revenue recognition […]

Because of the inherent limitations of an audit, there is a risk that we will not detect all irregularities, including those leading to a material misstatement in the financial statements or noncompliance with regulation.”

When three members of the your own finance and audit committee have already quit over a lack of transparency, having your auditors cover their backs in case the lawyers show up is hardly a good look…

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Million Pound Fraudsters Jailed For 22 Years After Cops Raided David Cameron ID Factory

A gang of fraudsters who who faked up ID cards in a million pound online swindle have been jailed for a total of 22 years. Cops found this driving licence in the name of David Cameron was used to advertise the conmen’s services. How on earth did they get caught?

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LibDems and Open Britain Fined For Referendum Spending Breaches

Remain campaigners have been fined by the Electoral Commission for breaking the rules on their spending returns:

The LibDems: failed to provide acceptable invoices or receipts for 80 payments with a total value of more than £80,000. They’ve been fined £18,000.

Open Britain: failed to deliver a complete and accurate spending return, including three missing invoices. They’ve been fined £1,250.

Guido will have more on Remain campaign referendum fraud in the coming weeks…

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CPS Tory Charging Decisions Wednesday Morning

The CPS will announce its charging decisions over the Tory election fraud Wednesday at 11:00. MPs will be told of the outcome at 10:30. Most MPs Guido has spoken to fully expect no further action to be taken. Craig Mackinlay on the other hand has a nervous night ahead…

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Tory Election Fraud Issue Dead

The calling of the general election wipes the slate clean on those 2015 Election allegations. Unless an MP is personally convicted of a corrupt practice (in which case can be banned from public office), nothing can be gained by contesting the 2015 result. Convenient…

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