Man faces Olympics closing ceremony dance schools fraud charge

Some 75 pupils  thought to have been hard at work practising for event this summer

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A man has been charged with fraud offences over a potential scam that saw dance school pupils offered the chance to take part in the Olympic Games closing ceremony.

Steve Moonesamy, 35, of Lowlands Close, Northampton, will appear before magistrates today in Wellingborough, Northants, accused of four counts of fraud by false representation.

A 31-year-old woman who was arrested and taken to an east London police station has been bailed to return on May 16 pending further inquiries, Scotland Yard said.

Police are investigating claims that a company called RWB Project, Midlands, approached a number of dance schools in Northamptonshire asking whether pupils would want to take part in the ceremony in August.

Some 75 pupils aged between nine and 19 are thought to have been hard at work practising for the event this summer.

Officers are also investigating approaches to a number of companies across the UK to provide sponsorship.

The force launched an investigation after the Games organisers, the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Locog), contacted them.

Locog has confirmed that RWB Projects, Midlands, has no connections to the Olympic or Paralympics Games.