HOUNSLOW Council's fraud team was called in to investigate a mental health charity, the Chronicle has learned.
Evidence of the probe into the Star Centre, in Bell Road, Hounslow, emerged amid ongoing concerns over the trust's future.
Although the Chronicle is unable to reveal details of the investigation, it has seen letters and emails confirming the fraud team's involvement with the charity.
A wall of silence continues to surround the centre, but it is understood users are to be informed today of its imminent closure.
Both the charity's director and Hounslow Council, which provides the bulk of its annual £200,000 funding this week refused to comment on rumours about its closure.
However, the Chronicle understands an announcement is due to be made to users of the centre on Friday (March 25).
The Star Centre had been closed for about a month and only re-opened last week. Its accounts are nearly two months overdue according to the Charity Commission's website.
A council spokesman last week insisted it was not cutting its support for mental health voluntary sector provision in the borough.
However, he made no specific guarantees about funding for the Star Centre itself, which has been running for nearly 30 years and supports some 250 users.