LONDON – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson faces a potential test for his alleged ties to an American businesswoman.
On Friday, London authorities asked the country's police superintendent to decide if there were grounds to investigate Johnson for misconduct in a public place.
The headquarters was dispatched to the Independent Police Conduct Office. He cites that Jennifer Arkury and her business have received favorable treatment, including access to trade missions and sponsorship money, as a result of his friendship with Johnson while he was mayor of London.
"These are the constituents of the crime of misconduct in public service," said a London-based surveillance service that monitors the behavior of city government officials.
"Subject to any explanation provided by you, these questions lead to the assumption that there was a failure to protect the public purse and, if so, this constitutes a material breach of public confidence," the referral states.
A spokesman for Johnson told NBC News on Saturday that "the Prime Minister, as mayor of London, has done a tremendous job of selling our capital around the world, beating the drum for London and the UK. Everything was done with dignity and in the normal way . "
Johnson supporters deny referrals as a politically motivated attack began before the ruling Conservative Party's annual conference.
The city administration, which lodged the complaint, is governed by Mayor Sadik Khan, an official of the Labor Party.
The charges were first raised by the British newspaper The Sunday Times last week.
Arcuri told The Sunday Times: "All the grants received from my companies and every trade mission I joined were pure in terms of my role as a legitimate businesswoman."
The newspaper added that it did not comment on the nature of her relationship with Johnson.
Arkury is an entrepreneur, according to her LinkedIn, and founded technology companies Innotech Network and Hacker House in the UK. Her work in the US ranges from being a radio DJ to Walt Disney to running a sushi bar in Morro Bay, California.
The allegations come as Johnson faces increasing political control over his efforts to move Britain out of the European Union, with or without a divorce treaty.
Earlier this month, he provoked an uproar by suspending Parliament for five weeks despite the October 31
The United Kingdom Supreme Court unanimously ruled Tuesday that the suspension was an illegal, degrading defeat for Johnson, which meant that the suspension was immediately lifted.
With Parliament's return to action, Johnson was criticized for using words such as "betrayal" and "betrayal" when referring to MPs who did not agree with his firm vision for Brexit,  Politicians across the house have condemned the language that casts MPs as enemies of the people and voices the countless death threats they have received since the Brexit debate intensified.
Mahalia Dobson, Cat Corrigan, and Associated Press contributed.