Â Met Commander Dizaei is investigated over Â£5,000 of designer goods he put on expenses
ByÂ Stephen Wright
Last updated at 12:21 AM on 21st June 2008
Ali Dizaei: Recently promoted
One of Britain’s most senior ethnic minority police officers is facing an investigation into his expenses, the Mail can reveal.
The probe comes just three months after Ali Dizaei was controversially promoted to a top Scotland Yard job.
The Met commander, who has infuriated colleagues by repeatedly alleging racism in the force, is alleged to have used his work credit card for a massive spending spree in the United States.
The Iranian-born president of the National Black Police Association is being investigated over claims that he spent nearly Â£5,000 on perfume, designer clothes, expensive shoes and visits to bars and clubs.
His purchases, which are understood to have been made last summer, came to light shortly after his much-criticised elevation to the rank of commander on a salary of Â£90,000.
When challenged, the father-ofthree apparently claimed he was unaware of the rules on using his force credit card. He then belatedly wrote a cheque for Â£4,700 to cover his ‘private expenditure’.
But the move might not be enough to save his job. Three officers have already been charged over alleged misuse of their force credit cards and the cases of a further 17 have been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.
The Dizaei probeÂ -Â which is being monitored by Peter Tickner, director of audit at the Metropolitan Police AuthorityÂ -Â will embarrass Scotland Yard Commissioner Sir Ian Blair and his deputy Sir Paul Stephenson, who approved his promotion to commander.
A Met official said: ‘Recent history has shown that Mr Dizaei is not averse to playing the race card when he gets in trouble.
‘It will be interesting to see if he is treated as robustly as other officers who have been caught up in the expenses probe.’
Insiders accused Yard chiefs of ‘capitulating’ to political correctness by supporting Mr Dizaei’s promotion to commander despite concerns over his integrity.
Some senior officers feared he would sue for race discrimination if he was denied promotion in March.
He was turned down a year earlier, shortly after a newspaper serialised his damning book about life in the Metropolitan Police.
In the book, Not One Of Us, Mr Dizaei, 46, wrote scathingly about the four-year corruption investigation he faced in the late 1990s.
It included hotly-disputed claims that he was the victim of a vendetta and allegations that officers harassed his supporters.
The married police chief, who had six mistresses, was also was accused of drug abuse, hiring prostitutes, spying for Iran and making a series of threatening phone calls to a former girlfriend.
He allegedly warned her: ‘I will take such revenge from you that, like a dog, you will be sorry.’
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‘Open marriage’: Natalie Dizaei, his glamorous second wife
The ill-fated corruption investigation, codenamed Operation Helios, ended at the Old Bailey in 2003 when Mr Dizaei was cleared of perverting the course of justice and fiddling his expenses. But he still faced nine police disciplinary offences, including claims that he accepted backhanders and interfered in investigations on behalf of friends.
According to a watchdog, several allegations were ‘capable of proof’.
But no action was taken after the MetÂ -Â under pressure from then-Home Secretary David BlunkettÂ -Â came to a controversial deal with Mr Dizaei, brokered by Sir Ian.
He was awarded Â£60,000 compensation and given a place on a promotion course in return for dropping a racial discrimination claim.
The IPCC said it ‘deplored’ the Met’s move and it accused senior officers of being more interested in having an ‘effective diversity recruitment plan’ than upholding discipline.
Mr Dizaei was among nine officers appointed to the rank of commander in March. In a move which angered colleagues, Sir IanÂ -Â who would normally have advised the promotion panelÂ -Â was on holiday when the interviews took place.
Instead, his deputy Sir Paul acted as adviser to the selection board.
Sources confirmed that Sir Ian supported the decision to promote Mr Dizaei, who is presently ‘link commander’. ‘It’s his force,’ said a Met insider. ‘He can’t duck criticism over the decision.’
A statement by the Met’s Internal Audit Directorate said: ‘The claims are being examined as part of the review and the fact that a claim is being examined does not imply that the card holder is suspected of misusing the card.’Â
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The colourful love life of Ali Dizaei can be traced back to the mid-1980s, when he met his second wife Natalie.
He was already married to one of her colleagues at Ealing Hospital in London. And Natalie Chapman, as she was then, had a boyfriend of her own.
But soon after their first meeting, they began an affair which culminated in Mr Dizaei getting a divorce. His future wife agreed to marry him in 1986 – despite knowing she was not the only woman he had been seeing during his first marriage.
After the early years, they grew apart. But Mrs Dizaei did not realise how far their relationship had deteriorated until one day in 1993 when her husband confessed to having an affair. He had been seeing ‘another woman from London’ for two years and had even taken their three children to meet her.
Rather than divorce, the couple decided on an ‘open’ relationship. Among some of Mr Dizaei’s later lovers were Sima Evans, an estate agent from Buckinghamshire, Nasrin Gamester, who worked for a travel firm and Dr Elham Hashemi, a research fellow at Kingston University.
Mrs Dizaei met all three women and the first two would occasionally drop by the family home in Oxfordshire to pick him up. In all, it is thought that the police chief has had at least ten affairs.
It is understood Mr Dizaei is now in a long-term relationship with another woman. However, there is no record of a divorce.