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Michelle Mone’s home has been raided by police over millions of pounds of PPE fraud

The National Crime Agency is investigating operations of PPE Medpro, a company set up by a business partner of Baroness Michelle Mone – the famous lingerie tycoon – whose £11million London home has been raided by police

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Michelle Mone’s home has been searched by police

Tory colleague Michelle Mone’s London home has been raided as part of a police fraud investigation into multimillion-pound PPE deals linked to a company she has been linked to.

The National Crime Agency is investigating operations by PPE Medpro, a company set up by one of Baroness Mone’s business partners.

Her £11million London home, owned by an offshore company linked to her husband’s Isle of Man business, is one of a number of properties searched by NCA officials this week.

A special unit within the NCA is understood to have been investigating the allegations for a year.

PPE Medpro won more than £200million in Covid contracts from the Department of Health in 2020 after Baroness Mone referred the firm to the Cabinet Office via the so-called ‘VIP lane’.







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Arrest warrants were executed at four addresses on the Isle of Man on Wednesday, including the Douglas headquarters of the Knox group of companies, founded and run by Mone’s businessman husband, Doug Barrowman.

No arrests were made in simultaneous raids in London and the Isle of Man, but officers did confiscate documents and electronic equipment.

Isle of Man Police confirmed they took part in coordinated raids on Wednesday.

A spokesman said: “Isle of Man Police have executed search warrants at four addresses in the Isle of Man in support of an ongoing NCA investigation. No arrests were made.”







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An NCA spokesman said: “The NCA does not routinely confirm or deny the existence of investigations or the names of individuals who may or may not be under investigation.”

However, the investigation is believed to be conducted by a team of officers experienced in cross-border crime and financial crime.

But the NCA has no jurisdiction in the Isle of Man, which is a self-governing British Crown Dependency and a well-known tax haven.

The Department of Health is at odds with PPE Medpro over millions of surgical gowns it bought for £122million in 2020.

In total, PPE Medpro won more than £200m in PPE contracts at the start of the pandemic. It is unknown which PPE Medpro deal or deals the NCA is investigating.







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PPE Medpro was formed in May 2020, weeks before it won the first of two PPE deals for £203million surgical masks and gowns.

When we asked questions about the link at the time, Baroness Mone’s office responded with this quote: “Well done to PPE Medpro in supplying vital equipment to the NHS to help fight this horrific virus!”

But her spokeswoman added: “Furthermore, Baroness Mone has no comment as she has no role or involvement in PPE Medpro.”

When it became public last year that she had referred PPE Medpro to the Cabinet Office via the “VIP lane”, Baroness Mone admitted she had taken the “very easy, lonely and short step” but insisted “regarding to have taken no further action on PPE Medpro”.







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However, in leaked WhatsApp messages, Mone was allegedly asked what dress size was required under the Health Department deal, and replied: “We are just about to take off on the jet. The sizes are in order. We are waiting for the official PO [purchase order]that should arrive today.”

Mone’s lawyers said she could not be expected to “comment on unknown and unidentifiable WhatsApp messages allegedly sent 19 months ago.”

Sources told the Guardian newspaper that Barrowman, an offshore contractor on the Isle of Man, “was part of the financial consortium that backed PPE Medpro”. His lawyers, however, said the allegations were “largely false.”

The House of Lords Standards Commissioner brought Baroness Mone on board in January following a complaint from Labor colleague George Foulkes.

Foulkes called on the commissioners to investigate whether Mone may have breached the Lord’s code of conduct by failing to declare an interest in the company and by lobbying for government contracts.

Under the House of Lords Code of Conduct, peers are required to adhere to seven principles on standards of public life, integrity and openness.

The Code states: “You should not act or make decisions to obtain financial or other material benefits for yourself, your family or friends. You must explain and resolve all interests and relationships.”

Peers need to “check themselves” and “be honest”.

Baroness Mone’s Private Office told The Mirror via email: “Baroness Mone has declared her interests and has done nothing wrong.”

The government has come under fire for awarding billions of pounds worth of contracts without proper scrutiny and for creating a “VIP lane” for PPE suppliers that was ruled illegal earlier this year.

Just over 55% of over 38 billion items of PPE purchased at a cost of over £12 billion went to frontline workers.

The National Audit Office found that 1.5 billion items of PPE are past their use-by dates, while another 3.6 billion items are being stored because they are unsuitable for frontline use.

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