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Parents of academy pupils told not to talk about alleged £2m fraud

Man has been arrested in connection with investigation involving chain of three academies championed by Michael Gove

Parents of pupils attending a chain of three academies championed by education secretary Michael Gove and founded by his former schools commissioner have been told not to talk to the media about a £2m fraud to which it has allegedly fallen victim.

In a letter to parents written last month, Adrian Percival, CEO of Haberdashers' Aske's Federation Trust, which is based in south-east London and is responsible for 4,500 pupils, said: "The appalling crime appears to have been committed over a period of seven years, during which time the perpetrator appears to have set up a large number of small fraudulent transactions in order to commit these crimes unnoticed."

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