The former senior police officer in charge of investigating corruption has revealed that he was ordered to halt an inquiry into Russian money laundering. Mr Benton’s claim is deeply embarrassing for the Government which insists it is clamping down on Vladimir Putin’s cronies who have stashed their wealth in the UK. Mr Benton, a detective superintendent, headed up the international corruption unit (ICU) when it was set up in 2015. He retired last year. In March 2016, a 37-page dossier alleging money laundering in London by… Jon Benton, who headed up the National Crime Agency’s international corruption unit, said a more senior official linked to the Foreign Office told him to drop his inquiry.