Mayor Joe Anderson quizzed under police caution
Fitzgerald fraud probe: Mayor says he is “anxious to help”
The Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson has been interviewed under caution by police, the ECHO can exclusively reveal.
Mayor Anderson was quizzed by officers from Lancashire Police relating to an ongoing fraud investigation that has seen the council’s chief executive Ged Fitzgerald arrested.
The interview was believed to have taken place at the end of last year.
Operation Sheridan is investigating alleged financial impropriety centred around Lancashire Council’s BT joint venture, One Connect – the sister operation of the now defunct Liverpool Direct BT deal.
Liverpool mayor ‘interviewed under caution’ over fraud probe
The mayor of Liverpool has been interviewed under caution as part of a fraud inquiry into a council contract.
Joe Anderson went to a police station in November over an investigation into financial irregularities at Lancashire County Council, it has emerged.
Mr Anderson said he had met police “voluntarily” under caution, amid growing calls for him to “step aside”.
Four men, including Liverpool’s chief executive, have been arrested and bailed pending further inquires.
Lancashire Police has been investigating allegations of financial irregularities over the tendering of a £5m contract with One Connect Ltd, a joint venture between the Lancashire County Council and BT to run some services since 2013.