Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Lee Jasper Friend Held over Theft in City Hall Cash Probe; Questioned over Grants: Joel O'Loughlin, above Left, and Disgraced Former Mayoral Adviser on Race Lee Jasper, Right

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Lee Jasper Friend Held over Theft in City Hall Cash Probe; Questioned over Grants: Joel O'Loughlin, above Left, and Disgraced Former Mayoral Adviser on Race Lee Jasper, Right

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Byline: JUSTIN DAVENPORT

A FRIEND and business associate of former mayoral aide Lee Jasper wasarrested today in the Scotland Yard fraud probe into City Hall grants.

Joel O'Loughlin was being questioned by detectives today at Belgravia policestation in connection with allegations of theft.

His arrest is the third in the ongoing inquiry into a series of projects linkedto Mr Jasper which received grants from the London Development Agency.

Mr O'Loughlin, 53, who ran one of the projects, Diversity International, wasarrested in a police raid on an address in Dagenham.

Scotland Yard said detectives from the Met's Specialist and Economic CrimeCommand had searched two addresses in the Dagenham area and two addresses inthe Liverpool area.

Diversity International, based in Liverpool, was given a [pounds sterling]295,000 LDA grant in2005 to run a web-based tool for London business called the Diversity Dividend.

The website only operated briefly before the company collapsed and went intobankruptcy. The grant money allegedly disappeared.

Mr O'Loughlin has been described as a longstanding friend of Mr Jasper and thepair are said to have run a business together.

Scotland Yard said in a statement today that a 53-year-old man had beenarrested under the Theft Act in connection with the "non return of overpaidmonies". Mr Jasper resigned as the Mayor's race adviser after sexually chargedemails were published in which he said he wanted to "honeyglaze" a marriedmother of three.

He is accused of pushing for Diversity International to receive grant fundingeven though there were concerns about the organisation. This is denied by CityHall.

Last week two other associates of Mr Jasper were arrested in connection withmoney laundering. The two men ran the Green Badge Taxi School, a project inClapham which was set up purporting to offer courses in the "knowledge" forwould-be taxi drivers from ethnic minorities. …

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