Tony McClements joined MKS early 2015 having served almost 33 years in three different UK police forces. Joining Merseyside Police in 1982, he spent 27 years with the force, becoming a detective in 1985. He is a criminal investigation specialist whose CV includes departments such as Special Branch (including a secondment to New Scotland Yard Anti-Terrorist Branch), Major Crime Unit, Fraud Squad and Financial Investigation Unit.
He has been part of several high-profile enquiry teams investigating murders and organised crime. Tony was seconded to the Northwest Regional Asset Recovery Team in 2007 whereupon he was immediately attached to Lancashire Constabulary, investigating a multi-million-pound money laundering enquiry arising from an MTIC fraud. In 2009 he was offered the opportunity to transfer to Lancashire Constabulary to remain part of its Economic Crime Unit.
Tony became Lancashire’s Fraud Evaluation & Liaison Officer, responsible for assessing all reported frauds and deciding which crimes were viable and worthy of investigation. He devised bespoke investigation strategies for CID tasked with fraud investigations. Tony oversaw the implementation of Action Fraud and sat on a number of practitioner/ professional groups and bodies.
He was nominated for the prestigious Police Federation Detective of the Year Award in 2012; that same year he added to his list of commendations when he was recognised by the Chief Constable for “single-handedly raising the Constabulary’s profile in regard to fraud investigation”. Post-retirement in 2013, he joined British Transport Police as a civilian fraud/financial investigator.
He has been a fraud and accredited financial investigator since 1998 and 2001 respectively. He holds an MSc in Criminal Investigation and a BTEC Advanced Diploma in Financial Investigation. He is a guest lecturer in both fraud and financial investigation at the University of Central Lancashire; and at the time of joining MKS, Tony was one of the longest serving fraud investigation specialists outside of the City of London.
When Hurricane Irma struck the BVI in September 2017, Tony lost everything in the storm and was evacuated back to the northwest of England. He continues to work remotely from the UK. This further enhances the global reach of MKS to the UK and Europe.