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Complainant Name:
Mr Tony Bennett

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The People

Complaint:

Mr Tony Bennett, founder and secretary of the Madeleine Foundation, complained to the Press Complaints Commission that a November 2009 article which reported that he was under police investigation in regard to fraud allegations was inaccurate and misleading.

Resolution:

Following the conclusion of the police investigation (during which time the complaint was temporarily suspended), the PCC negotiated the publication of the following update:

We reported in November 2009 that Tony Bennett, founder and secretary of the Madeleine Foundation - a controversial organisation which does not accept that Madeleine McCann was abducted - was under police investigation in respect of allegations that he had pocketed up to 90,000 of donations from people who thought they were helping the official Find Madeleine Fund. The police have now concluded their investigation into the two allegations of fraud and found insufficient evidence of any criminality.

Date Published: 21/10/2010



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