The Police launched its investigation codenamed "Havana" in 1971 but made little headway. During the investigation, Godber applied for early retirement, effective from July 1973. Three months prior to that retirement date, the Commissioner of Police received intelligence alleging that Godber was incessantly remitting considerable sums of money abroad. In response, the Anti-Corruption Office launched a large-scale probe into Godber's financial position. Within a month, 480 licensed banks in Hong Kong were contacted with a view to tracking down accounts linked to the Chief Superintendent. Initial findings showed that the credit balances of Godber's Hong Kong accounts were close to HK$330,000 and a sum of Canadian $20,000 had just been remitted to an account he held in Canada. When Godber applied to further bring forward his retirement by one month, the Police expedited
their search for evidence. They then found that in the previous five years, Godber's deposits in Hong Kong, coupled with his remittances to Australia, Singapore, Canada and other places, amounted to more than HK$624,000 - a sum almost equivalent to the total emolument he had earned while working in the Police Force between 1952 and 1973.