DUP Foyle MLA Gary Middleton has urged the Police Service of Northern Ireland to investigate the Sinn Fein Covid cash scandal. Mr Middleton asked the police to examine whether holding the £10k grants for almost seven months constituted a criminal offence.
Commenting, Mr Middleton said:
‘‘The announcement by Mary Lou McDonald that she has accepted the resignation of Elisha McCallion and several local party officials, albeit a welcome development, reflects Sinn Fein’s desire to deal with this scandal in a typically clinical fashion. It remains however to be seen whether individuals lower in the Sinn Fein pecking order have been sacrificial lambs.
The police need to examine if failure to return these grants for almost seven months - especially if it was a conscious decision on the part of those involved - constituted a criminal offence. I have written to the PSNI asking them to investigate whether a breach of the law took place under Section 24A of the Theft Act and subsequent amendments to it including the offence of retaining a wrongful credit.
Sinn Fein are all too keen to demand honesty and integrity of others. It is important that this Sinn Fein financial scandal is investigated in a robust and appropriate fashion to uphold public confidence.’