FRAUD cops are probing the bank account of a campaign group which
says Maddie McCann is dead - and aims to blame her parents.
Controversial lawyer Tony Bennett helped set up the Madeleine
Foundation, but its account is now frozen.
Detectives want assurances over tens of thousands of pounds sent
in by people supporting his warped aims.
Bennett, 62, ran the account from his home in Harlow, Essex.
Much of the cash came from the sale of '4 books blaming the
McCanns after the three-year-old vanished in Portugal in 2007.
The couple think many people may have mistakenly donated
believing they were funding the hunt for Maddie.
The account holds '2,700 but Mr Bennett is thought to have
'90,000 in private accounts.
A rift had developed between Bennett and foundation chairwoman
Debbie Butler. Police stressed the case was still only an investigation
and no arrests had been made.
A source close to Gerry and Kate McCann said: "This foundation is
now in meltdown. They can't wait to see the end of it."