A senior member of the Greater Manchester Police force has appeared in court today over charges of mortgage fraud, Manchester Evening News reports.
Chief Inspector John Buttress, 48, was arrested at the GMP headquarters in March last year having allegedly taken out a residential mortgage for a property in Wrexham, North Wales and subsequently rented it out as a holiday-home.
The farmhouse property was purchased in 2007, at which point Buttress wrote to his seniors in the police force to inform them of a “business interest”, in line with regulations stipulating officers must disclose any second income stream.
In February 2011, Buttress applied for a £185,000 remortgage but failed to mention at any stage that he planned to let out the property to holidaymakers.
At the time of his arrest, Buttress stated he was unaware of the requirement to inform his lender that he planned to rent out the property. However, Liverpool Crown Court later heard that Buttress had done just that in 2000, when he told both GMP and his mortgage lender that a property he owned was being let out.
Buttress denies any wrongdoing or that he dishonestly and intentionally withheld information from his mortgage lender relating to the purpose of the property being mortgaged.
The case is ongoing.