Arrests in Adam Smith College probe

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Police have made arrests after a long-running investigation into allegations of fraud at Adam Smith College.

A number of people have been arrested and a report will be sent to the procurator Fiscal.

The moves come almost a year after police were first called on to campus to investigate alleged discrepancies following separate investigations by the Scottish Government and KPMG resulted in the college having to pay back £5.5m in European funding.

Detective Chief Inspector Gordon Crossan, who is overseeing the enquiry, said: “I can confirm that a number of people have been arrested so far as part of the enquiry into allegations of fraud at the former Adam Smith College. This enquiry is still ongoing and further details will be available in due course when a report is submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.”

The college - now part of Fife College - has been in the spotlight since early 2012 when the Scottish Funding Council was sent in to probe claims a bullying culture had been allowed to exist on campus; issues first put into the public domain by David Torrance MSP after he had received approaches from a large number of staff, and the launch of an anonymous website went viral.

It was followed by an investigation by auditors KPMG and the scottish Government which resulted in the multi-million £ payback of EU money.

In a turbulent 2012, the college saw Dr Craig Thomson suspended as principal. He subsequently announced his resignation and retirement. His replacement as interim principal, Ian Harrington, was also suspended and has since left the college.

Several senior executives and managers went on gardening leave or were suspended, and the board of governors saw a number of resignations as caretaker principals were installed to run the college ahead of last year’s merger with Carnegie College to form a new Fife College.