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Five arrested in investigation into alleged Patisserie Valerie fraud

24 June 2019 by
Five arrested in investigation into alleged Patisserie Valerie fraud

Five people have been arrested and questioned by the Serious Fraud Office in relation to alleged fraud at Patisserie Valerie.

The arrests were made last week in a joint operation and follow the arrest and subsequent bailing of the bakery's former finance director, Chris Marsh, last October.

In a statement the Serious Fraud Office said: "On Tuesday 18 June, as part of a joint operation with Hertfordshire, Leicestershire and the Metropolitan Police Services, five individuals were arrested and interviewed in connection with the Serious Fraud Office investigation into individuals associated with Patisserie Holdings PLC."

"Significant, and potentially fraudulent, accounting irregularities", had been alleged at parent company Patisserie Holdings in October 2018. The chain fell into administration in January 2019 after rescue talks with banks failed, resulting in the closure of 71 stores and 920 redundancies.

Patisserie Valerie was later sold to Ireland-based Causeway Capital Partners.

The Sunday Times, which broke the story this weekend, reported that former chairman Luke Johnson and non-executive directors Lee Ginsberg and James Horler were not among those arrested.

A separate investigation into the firm's auditor, Grant Thornton, led by the Financial Reporting Council, is also ongoing.

Patisserie Valerie sold to Irish private equity firm>>

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