Bedford man “hiding under a bed” arrested for fraud

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A Bedford man, who was found hiding under a bed when Police raided a home yesterday (Wednesday), has been arrested for house sale fraud.

Officers from Bedfordshire Police’s Serious Fraud Investigation Unit (SFIU) also searched the address and seized documentation, a number of digital devices, and other high-value items.

The man was taken into custody for further questioning and arrested on suspicion of fraud by false representation in relation to a house being fraudulently sold.

He has since been released under investigation.

The investigation is in connection to a house in Hampshire that is thought to have been fraudulently sold and could also be linked to a fraudulent house sale in Luton.

“Our new team is dedicated to tackling offenders linked to serious cases of fraud and today’s arrest is the latest development in this ongoing operation,” said SFIU Investigation Officer Dave Brecknock.

“Fraud has a real and personal impact on victims, and we are working hard to tackle those looking to illicitly profit from innocent members of the public.

“We’re committed to following all lines of enquiry to establish what has taken place and ensure those involved face justice.”

Anyone with information about fraud can report it to Action Fraud or call 0300 123 2040.

You can also contact Bedfordshire Police at their online reporting centre or by calling 101.

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