SFO pleads for extra funding

 
Kate McCann
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THE SERIOUS Fraud Office (SFO) has made an urgent plea for £19m of extra funding from the Treasury.

In a written ministerial statement the solicitor general Oliver Heald explained that the SFO has asked for emergency contingency funding to “meet an urgent cash requirement on existing services.”

A cash advance of £11m on the £19m has already been approved.

The department, which deals with so-called white collar crime, has seen its tight resources stretched by a series of big investigations.