West Yorkshire Police have formally arrested and charged the founder of Kings Science Academy with multiple fraud offences. Sajid Hussain Raza is facing charges of fraud by abuse of position, two offences of obtaining a money transfer by deception, one offence of fraud by false representation and three offences of false accounting.
Mr Raza, who founded the school in Bradford and was its head teacher, was first arrested in January 2014. He was later dismissed from the school for other disciplinary matters that the school had investigated him over. And, after the school joined Dixons Academy chain, its name was changed to Dixons Kings.
Kings Science Academy founder and former head teacher, Sajid Hussain Raza, is seen in this file photo talking to Prime Minister David Cameron when he visited the school. Mr Raza is now facing fraud charges and has since been dismissed from the school.
Regarding the latest arrest, Mr Raza’s solicitors released a statement to the effect that their client “was determined to clear his name regarding allegations in relation to his role at the free school.”
“The Crown Prosecution Service has been working closely with West Yorkshire Police in connection with this case,” said Julian Briggs, the reviewing lawyer, at the Complex Casework Unit, CPS Yorkshire and Humberside.
He added: “Having carefully considered all of the evidence presented to us, we have concluded that there is sufficient evidence to charge Sajid Hussain Raza with a range of offences relating to his involvement with the Kings Science Academy, Bradford, and that it is in the public interest to do so. Accordingly I have today authorised West Yorkshire Police to charge Sajid Hussain Raza with three offences of fraud by abuse of position, three offences of false accounting, two offences of obtaining a money transfer by deception, and one offence of fraud by false representation.”
Mr Raza is scheduled to first appear at Leeds Magistrates’ Court on a date to be set soon.
“As specialists in cases of fraud and business crime, Rahman Ravelli Solicitors has been appointed by Mr Raza to defend him against the charges brought today. In order to provide Mr Raza with the strongest and most proactive defence to these charges, we will be examining all of the evidence available and seeking all relevant information. The investigation process has been a difficult period of time for Mr Raza. Now he has been charged, Mr Raza will be working with Rahman Ravelli to try and establish his innocence,” read a statement from solicitors on behalf of Mr Raza.