Probe into mis-use of funds

3rd March 2000 at 00:00
A ROMAN Catholic school in Kent is being investigated by the Fraud Squad over allegations that senior staff misused funds to take luxury holidays and hire cars. Officers from Scotland Yard were called in by Bromley Council in December after a routine audit of St John Rigby school in West Wickham revealed "serious financial irregularities".

The on-going investigation has already led to the removal of the school's entire management team. Headmistress Colleen McCabe, a former nun, the bursar nd chairman of governors have all resigned and three other senior staff members have been suspended on full pay.

It is alleged that Ms McCabe used school funds to hire a top-of-the-range Lexus car. It is also claimed that the vice-principal, assistant principal and the bursar also leased Ford Escorts or Toyota Corollas. Two trips on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express are also being investigated. Bromley Council says the investigation could result in criminal or civil proceedings.

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