A club for people with disabilities is facing a probe over claims celebrity names were discovered on paperwork used to charge for services.
The names of Kate Middleton and actor Andy Garcia were among those allegedly found on staff rotas by watchdog the Care Inspectorate.
Family business Lanarkshire Care Partners (LCP) is also believed to have used the name Winston Ingram, a character in Still Game played by actor Paul Riley.
North Lanarkshire Council is now probing the firm.
LCP looks after people with learning disabilities, physical disabilities, dementia, autism, epilepsy and mental health issues.
Service users are allocated a budget by North Lanarkshire Council based on their needs.
They can choose to use the council’s money to go to LCP’s Choice 4 U Club, which offers activities and entertainment.
It is claimed LCP billed the local authority for work carried out by staff with celebrity names.
The Care Inspectorate raised the alarm when the names were discovered on rotas during an investigation into a complaint by a service user.
A source close to the investigation into LCP, who has asked not to be named, said: “They said the club was staffed by people with celebrity names including Kate Middleton and Andy Garcia. They even used the name Winston Ingram, a one-legged character in the sitcom Still Game.”
Lanarkshire Care Partners is based at an office complex near Coatbridge and is described as a “family-run business” on its website.
Company records show it is run by the Kelly family, whose staff provide “social work activities without accommodation for the elderly and disabled”.
The Choice 4 U Club in Bargeddie, Glasgow, offers activities including baking, cooking, arts and crafts, quizzes and bingo, according to the LCP website.
Guest speakers attend every week and previous visitors have included police officers.
Another source close to the probe, who also asked not to be named, said: “The council has asked LCP to provide all records relating to clients they work with.
“They have been using staff names which raised eyebrows.
“The council is not at the stage of involving the police but if they find evidence of fraud as part of that review they will notify the police.”
A spokesman for the Care Inspectorate said: “We recently upheld a complaint about this care service.
“In the course of our investigation further information came to light which we have referred to partners at North Lanarkshire Council and the care service.
“We will continue to monitor this service and will follow up this matter at our next inspection.”
North Lanarkshire Council said: “We are in the early stages of a review of services provided by Lanarkshire Care Partners to people within North Lanarkshire following dialogue with the Care Inspectorate.
“No adult protection issues have been identified and we will continue this review over the coming weeks.”
The Sunday Post asked LCP owners Laura Kelly and Ruth Kelly for comment but both said they were not prepared to discuss the probe.
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