Keston officer dismissed from police service over housing benefit fraud

PUBLISHED: 10:53 09 January 2013

A police officer subject to a BBC Panorama investigation over housing benefit fraud was dismissed from the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on Tuesday.

Stephen Holt, 43, of Keston, had been part of the Southwark safer neighbourhood team when he was arrested in November 2011 following his appearance on the show, titled Council Houses: Cheats and Victims.

Aired in May 2011, the investigation showed Holt offering to sublet his flat to an undercover reporter for £359 a week, more than he paid Southwark Council.

He pleaded guilty to two charges of fraud at Croydon Crown Court on November 15 and was suspended from police duties after his arrest.

Last month Holt was sentenced to undertake 200 hours of community service.

Following his conviction, MPS were able to go ahead with Holt’s misconduct proceedings and found that his actions brought discredit on the police service.

Com Allan Gibson, directorate of professional standards, said: “There is no doubt that the actions of Pc Holt brought discredit on the MPS and reflect badly on the thousands of officers who are honest and work tirelessly for the people of London.”

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