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Police officer who spent victims' money on himself after promising to invest it with 'sizeable returns' pleads guilty to fraud

Police said the officer fell short of the standards of honesty and integrity

The officer will be sentenced in November(Image: PA)

A police officer has pleaded guilty to fraud after offering people the opportunity to invest money, but keeping it for himself.

Metropolitan Police officer, Reshat Kemal, who was attached to the Hammersmith and Fulham borough, admitted two counts of fraud by false representation.

The police said the 35-year-old promised his victims "sizeable returns", but in one case a complaint received no money and another received less than half of what was "invested".

In the case of one of the victims the money was never returned, and the other victim received less than half of what she had given to him.

The Met's Directorate of Professional Standards commenced an investigation following a public complaint and PC Kemal was subsequently arrested on Tuesday May 19 2015.

The investigation into the policeman's case revealed that the money was never invested but was instead used by PC Kemal as personal funds.

PC Kemal was charged on Saturday October 22 2016 with two counts of fraud, in which both of them he pleaded guilty to.

Chief Inspector Tracey Stephenson, of the Directorate of Professional Standards, said: "The very fabric of British policing is dependent on public trust.

"For this reason, police officers are expected to display the highest levels of honesty and integrity, abide by the law and comport themselves with the utmost professionalism.

"PC Kemal has fallen far short of these standards and it is right that he be held accountable for his actions.”

He admitted his plea on Monday August 7 at Southwark Crown Court

PC Kemal's sentence has been adjourned until Tuesday, November 7.

The officer was suspended throughout the investigation, and will remain under suspension while he is subject to misconduct proceedings.

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