Major Andrew Stanton, 44, of the Royal Logistics Corps, dishonestly claimed an MoD educational allowance to which he was not entitled, a Crown Court heard.
He pretended he was the prime carer for his son, which would have made him eligible to receive a Continuity of Education Allowance to meet the cost of sending the boy, now 15, to Packwood Haugh School in Ruyton-XI-Towns, where fees are £6,215 a term for boarders and £4,973 for day pupils.
But in fact the teenager’s chief carer was the defendant’s ex-wife Charlotte Galliers-Flight, who lived in Shrewsbury, the court at Guildford, Surrey, was told.
“It meant that Stanton was not entitled to receive the allowance,” said William Davis, prosecuting.
The Continuity of Education Allowance is paid to service personnel to avoid disruption to the education of their children caused by their need to move frequently as part of their military duties.
Stanton, of Aisne Road, Deepcut, Surrey, narrowly escaped being jailed after being found guilty of fraud following an eight-day trial.
The court heard that the sum involved had been £46,461.
The respected army officer is now at risk of being discharged from the Army following a glittering military career stretching back 20 years.
“Your future in the Army remains uncertain,” said the judge, Mr Recorder Antonio Bueno.
Stanton, who had denied fraud, was given a nine-month prison sentence, suspended for 18 months, and was ordered to pay £3,500 costs.
Source Shropshire Star

I wonder why he was not Court Martialed.
I would guess because the MDP, not the RMP took it.

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