The Labour MP John Mann has asked the Metropolitan police to investigate Andrew Werritty for possible fraud arising from his misrepresentation of himself as special advisor to Liam Fox. (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/conservative/8829803/Liam-Fox-affair-Adam-Werritty-facing-fraud-investigation-by-police.html).
There are grounds to investigate not only Werritty but Fox himself. On Friday 14 October I circulated this letter to amongst the mainstream British media:
There is an unresolved question about Liam Fox and Adam Werritty: have criminal offences been committed?
Werritty has gone about issuing business cards which represent him as an adviser to Liam Fox. Those who had dealings with him have put on record that they believed he was Liam Fox’s special adviser because of the way he represented himself.
If such false representations have resulted in Werritty gaining money or benefits in kind that would constitute the offence of obtaining property by deception contrary to section 15 of the Theft Act 1968 (False Pretences in old money).
If Fox has known this was happening and permitted it, then he would be guilty of the criminal offences of either being an accessory or engaged in a conspiracy to obtain property by deception.
Even if no material benefit has been gained Fox and Werritty could well be guilty of breaching the Official Secrets Act by divulging information covered by the Act to those not entitled to receive it. Indeed, if Fox has supplied such information to Werrity (who has no official standing) he could be guilty.
I have since written to John Mann urging him to broaden his call for criminal investigation:
16 10 2011
Dear Mr Mann,
I see you have urged the Met Police to investigate Werritty. Quite right. However, there are good grounds for investigating Fox as well, both for possible conspiracy to defraud and breaches of the Official Secrets Act.
I enclose below a letter I circulated to the media on Friday. It gives the reasons why there are prima facie grounds for suspecting criminal offences have been committed.
If I can be of any further help, please let me know.