Founder of former Kings Science Academy in Bradford charged with fraud

Sajid Raza
Sajid Raza

The founder and former principal of a Yorkshire free school has been charged with multiple fraud offences, it has been announced.

Sajid Hussain Raza, who was head teacher at the Kings Science Academy, in Bradford, has been charged with three offences of fraud by abuse of position, three offences of false accounting, two offences of obtaining a money transfer by deception, and one offence of fraud by false representation.

Having carefully considered all of the evidence presented to us, we have concluded that there is sufficient evidence to charge Sajid Hussain Raza with a range of offences relating to his involvement with the Kings Science Academy, Bradford, and that it is in the public interest to do so.

Julian Briggs, the reviewing lawyer, at the Complex Casework Unit, CPS Yorkshire and Humberside said: “The Crown Prosecution Service has been working closely with West Yorkshire Police in connection with this case.

“Having carefully considered all of the evidence presented to us, we have concluded that there is sufficient evidence to charge Sajid Hussain Raza with a range of offences relating to his involvement with the Kings Science Academy, Bradford, and that it is in the public interest to do so.

“Accordingly I have today authorised West Yorkshire Police to charge Sajid Hussain Raza with three offences of fraud by abuse of position, three offences of false accounting, two offences of obtaining a money transfer by deception, and one offence of fraud by false representation.” He will first appear at Leeds Magistrates’ Court shortly.

Mr Raza was first arrested in January of last year. He was later dismissed by the school following a disciplinary investigation by the school into separate matters.

The school has since changed its name to Dixons Kings after joining the Dixons Academy chain.