POLICE have confirmed a Supertram boss fired for gross misconduct is now being investigated for fraud.
Bosses at the Stagecoach-owned company asked South Yorkshire Police to mount a formal investigation into their former general manager, Glen Stocks, after his dismissal this year.
Management passed a file to police after concluding an internal probe into his activities.
South Yorkshire Police said the force has received a fraud allegation which is being investigated by its Economic Crime Unit.
A spokeswoman said: “South Yorkshire Police can confirm we now have a formal complaint from Stagecoach Supertram.
“The investigation is in its early stages and no arrests have been made.”
Margaret Kay, who has taken over as general manager at Supertram, said: “We have concluded our internal investigation and passed a file to South Yorkshire Police, for its officers to consider whether to mount a formal investigation.”
Stagecoach Supertram said there have been rumours circulating that Mr Stocks, who set up his own business after being dismissed for gross misconduct, had received a payment from the company but that the claims were untrue.
Mr Stocks has not appealed against his dismissal.
Full details about the alleged fraud have not been revealed by Stagecoach Supertram or the police.
Mr Stocks was appointed Stagecoach Supertram general manager only last October.
He had worked for the company since being part of the original Supertram construction team in the early 1990s.
Over the last two decades, Mr Stocks has held a variety of roles and was most recently responsible for the engineering team before his promotion to general manager.
His role involved responsibility for the day-to-day running of the company.