Police investigate Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland

Police Scotland has received allegations of financial irregularities at the charitable body

Police are investigating alleged financial irregularities at the charitable body that represents architects in Scotland.

The investigation was launched after Police Scotland received information in October about possible financial irregularities at the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland.

A spokeswoman for the RIAS said police had requested and taken a copy of an independent accounts report prepared by the accountancy firm Grant Thornton, but had not informed the charity that it was under formal investigation.

In a statement, a spokeswoman for Police Scotland said: "In October 2017, Police Scotland received a report of possible financial irregularities at a professional institute.

"Enquiries are at an early stage and officers continue to establish if any criminality has taken place."

The police investigation comes after a separate investigation of the charity was launched last week by the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator.

The OSCR investigation was, according to media reports, focused on "serious concerns" about the RIAS’s finances.

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