More than 200 fraud files are waiting to be investigated in Canterbury, nearly six years after local police scrapped the specialist squad responsible for investigating white-collar crime.
The backlog comes as police have increased their one-person fraud squad to six, including a supervisor.
In 2015, Canterbury police merged the fraud squad – a detective sergeant and five staff – with the metro crime squad, which had 50 investigators.
Then district crime manager Detective Inspector Tom Fitzgerald said at the time changes would result in fraud being “prioritised” and investigated alongside other crime types.
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