CHAPTER XXIII
The Work of Scotland Yard in Cases of Fraud

LEST IT BE SUPPOSED that the work of the Scotland Yard detective is limited to the detection of murderers, housebreakers, and thieves and to the patient and ingenious investigation of clues, let us consider it in relation to famous cases of financial fraud, and show the detectives in the guise of financial experts, versed in all the intricacies of company law and accountancy. How, it may be asked, can they acquire this? Surely it cannot be taught in any detective class? The answer is that it is acquired while working under senior officers to whom the inquiries have been entrusted, and who in their turn have gained their knowledge in the same hard school. These senior officers know how to select the younger men who have a natural aptitude for dealing with complicated accounts; their team for the investigation of a big case may number four, five, or even six officers taken from the central staff at Scotland Yard, and the senior himself has gained his knowledge by years of experience and hard work.

Whenever a big fraud is brought to the office of the director of public prosecutions, he requests the assistance of Scotland Yard to make the necessary investigations. Upon this the best officer who is free from other work is sent over to the director's office, and he then becomes the servant of the director of public prosecutions until the case is brought to trial and finished by the conviction of the accused. As far

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