An accountant at a chain of academies championed by Michael Gove is at the centre of a fraud investigation after £4million of school funds ended up in his personal accounts.Nigerian-born Samuel Kayode is said to have spent much of the cash on an extravagant lifestyle and buying a string of properties.
The 57-year-old part-time pastor was told by the High Court to pay £4.1million back to the Haberdashers’ Aske’s chain of academies more than a year ago.He has failed to do so, and it is feared most of the cash has been transferred to Nigeria. It appeared that huge sums of school money had been paid into a bank account in Nigeria and a company called Samak, which is said to be run in Nigeria by Kayode’s second wife Yoni, although he denies any wedding has taken place.
The case, kept secret for almost two years, is believed to be Britain’s biggest ever education fraud. Questions were asked about whether Mr Gove – who lost his job as Education Secretary last week – took close enough interest in the case.
Although Kayode was arrested in October 2012, police have yet to charge him with any crime.He remains at large and is not facing any charges; although he is due to speak to detectives again this week.
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