Mum of UK soldier who got £200K for leg arrested for fraud

#1
Mother of soldier who received £200,000 after losing leg in Afghanistan arrested for fraud

By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 12:26 PM on 10th September 2009

Private Matt Woollard lost his leg after stepping on a landmine. His mother Angie is now accused of fraud

Private Matt Woollard lost his leg after stepping on a landmine. His mother Angie is now accused of fraud

The mother of a soldier who had his leg blown off in Afghanistan has been arrested on suspicion of fraud after thousands of pounds of his compensation vanished.

Private Matthew Woollard, 19, was awarded £98,000 from the Government and £104,000 from an insurance company for suffering debilitating injuries when he stepped on a landmine during a patrol in Helmand Province in May 2007.

His mother Angie Woollard, 42, has been arrested on suspicion of fraud but claims she accidentally paid money into her account instead of her son's.

Mrs Woollard told The Echo: 'I didn't think to get any receipts for things I bought for him and now it is impossible to prove. Matthew has never been able to look after his own fiances. I used to do it for him.

'I hope it can be sorted out before it goes any further but it has destroyed out family.'

Mrs Woollard from Westcliff, near Southend in Essex said she had set up an internet bank account for her son but a 'misunderstanding' meant she had accidentally paid £10,000 into her account instead of his.

She was arrested after he son contacted police and claimed thousands of his compensation cash was missing.

Mr Woollard, who lives with his girlfriend Natasha Coffey and their one-year-old daughter Callie is said to be devastated.

His girlfriend told The Echo: 'We were saving for our wedding but now because of this it won't be happening. There is a huge rift in the family because of this.'

A spokesman for Essex Police said: 'A 42-year-old woman from Westcliff was arrested on suspicion of fraud on September 8 and she has been released on bail.'

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...00-losing-leg-Afghanistan-arrested-fraud.html
 
#3
mick4075 said:
How big was the wedding going to be??

Oh, and I hope she gets time in the big house.
I know what you mean--just when I think I have seen the lowest of the low, someone proves me wrong.
 
#4
jumpinjarhead said:
Mother of soldier who received £200,000 after losing leg in Afghanistan arrested for fraud

By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 12:26 PM on 10th September 2009

Private Matt Woollard lost his leg after stepping on a landmine. His mother Angie is now accused of fraud

Private Matt Woollard lost his leg after stepping on a landmine. His mother Angie is now accused of fraud

The mother of a soldier who had his leg blown off in Afghanistan has been arrested on suspicion of fraud after thousands of pounds of his compensation vanished.

Private Matthew Woollard, 19, was awarded £98,000 from the Government and £104,000 from an insurance company for suffering debilitating injuries when he stepped on a landmine during a patrol in Helmand Province in May 2007.

His mother Angie Woollard, 42, has been arrested on suspicion of fraud but claims she accidentally paid money into her account instead of her son's.

Mrs Woollard told The Echo: 'I didn't think to get any receipts for things I bought for him and now it is impossible to prove. Matthew has never been able to look after his own fiances. I used to do it for him.

'I hope it can be sorted out before it goes any further but it has destroyed out family.'

Mrs Woollard from Westcliff, near Southend in Essex said she had set up an internet bank account for her son but a 'misunderstanding' meant she had accidentally paid £10,000 into her account instead of his.

She was arrested after he son contacted police and claimed thousands of his compensation cash was missing.

Mr Woollard, who lives with his girlfriend Natasha Coffey and their one-year-old daughter Callie is said to be devastated.

His girlfriend told The Echo: 'We were saving for our wedding but now because of this it won't be happening. There is a huge rift in the family because of this.'

A spokesman for Essex Police said: 'A 42-year-old woman from Westcliff was arrested on suspicion of fraud on September 8 and she has been released on bail.'

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...00-losing-leg-Afghanistan-arrested-fraud.html
Nice. My neck of the woods when I am back in the UK. I often think the Shoebury Ranges are pointing in the wrong direction and we should leave the wildlife there alone :evil:
 
#5
OK paying something into the wrong bank account is easy enough.

Not noticing an unwarranted £10,000 turn up in your account?? get off...
 
#6
rickshaw-major said:
Nice. My neck of the woods when I am back in the UK. I often think the Shoebury Ranges are pointing in the wrong direction and we should leave the wildlife there alone :evil:
Well said. I am reminded of a time I was a casualty officer after the Beirut barracks bombing and had to notify NOK of Marine's death. Went to the flat in a pretty bad part of town, paid my respects and all the family (mother
included) wanted to know was how long until the Marine's insurance was paid. Almost made me physically ill.
 
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#7
If I was in position and had accidentally transferred money into my account I'd just transfer the money back.
 
#8
crow_bag said:
If I was in position and had accidentally transferred money into my account I'd just transfer the money back.
She should perhaps consider a career in politics.
 
#9
It's bad enough losing a leg fighting for your Country. Being stitched up by the one person in the world whom you should be able to trust though, must be soul destroying.

Just very occasionally, I see a mother on the TV, talking about the son she has just lost 'out there' and I feel that the 'sorrow' on display is not genuine. Same with the occasional girl friend. Cynical? maybe, but I don't believe so.
 
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jumpinjarhead said:
Mother of soldier who received £200,000 after losing leg in Afghanistan arrested for fraud

By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 12:26 PM on 10th September 2009

Private Matt Woollard lost his leg after stepping on a landmine. His mother Angie is now accused of fraud

Private Matt Woollard lost his leg after stepping on a landmine. His mother Angie is now accused of fraud

The mother of a soldier who had his leg blown off in Afghanistan has been arrested on suspicion of fraud after thousands of pounds of his compensation vanished.

Private Matthew Woollard, 19, was awarded £98,000 from the Government and £104,000 from an insurance company for suffering debilitating injuries when he stepped on a landmine during a patrol in Helmand Province in May 2007.

His mother Angie Woollard, 42, has been arrested on suspicion of fraud but claims she accidentally paid money into her account instead of her son's.

Mrs Woollard told The Echo: 'I didn't think to get any receipts for things I bought for him and now it is impossible to prove. Matthew has never been able to look after his own fiances. I used to do it for him.

'I hope it can be sorted out before it goes any further but it has destroyed out family.'

Mrs Woollard from Westcliff, near Southend in Essex said she had set up an internet bank account for her son but a 'misunderstanding' meant she had accidentally paid £10,000 into her account instead of his.
She was arrested after he son contacted police and claimed thousands of his compensation cash was missing.

Mr Woollard, who lives with his girlfriend Natasha Coffey and their one-year-old daughter Callie is said to be devastated.

His girlfriend told The Echo: 'We were saving for our wedding but now because of this it won't be happening. There is a huge rift in the family because of this.'

A spokesman for Essex Police said: 'A 42-year-old woman from Westcliff was arrested on suspicion of fraud on September 8 and she has been released on bail.'

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...00-losing-leg-Afghanistan-arrested-fraud.html
Very Father Ted excuse - the money was just resting in my bank account.

whf
 
#11
Is that a straight copy and paste from the article? If so, the Mail really need to get some literate journos and proof-readers. "... never been able to look after his own fiances" made me chuckle a little, though.
 
#12
BrunoNoMedals said:
Is that a straight copy and paste from the article? If so, the Mail really need to get some literate journos and proof-readers. "... never been able to look after his own fiances" made me chuckle a little, though.
Far be it from me, a mere mortal septic, to make such "corrections" of the Mail! :D
 
#13
InVinoVeritas said:
crow_bag said:
If I was in position and had accidentally transferred money into my account I'd just transfer the money back.
She should perhaps consider a career in politics.
She'd be like a lamb to the slaughter with all the professional shysters, conmen, crooks and slimos there.

MsG

PS. That's a fückin' marvellous avatar you have there, mucker. I love it! :D
 
#14
How can the mothers story be justified? She has lost all the receipts that she brought for her son. When she must of known they wanted a wedding and to not tell him, oh yes I have 10,000 english sterling in my account of yours, im using it to buy you things? Bit dodgy.

Also if hes so bad with finances he wouldnt of noticed the 10k missing would he!

Alas, truly sickening that the one person you would depend on most to not decieve you after being through such an ordeal would go and try and pull the wool over your eyes.
 
#16
Just goes to show - you can choose your friends, family you are stuck with what you get born with!

R_M are you sure you weren't contributing to the gene pool problem in Shoebury. From what I hear it doesn't really matter which way the danger area points any more!
 
#17
Herrumph said:
Just goes to show - you can choose your friends, family you are stuck with what you get born with!

R_M are you sure you weren't contributing to the gene pool problem in Shoebury. From what I hear it doesn't really matter which way the danger area points any more!
I wasn't contributing no! I had the chop in 1987.

But I was practising :D

Don't get me started about the place.

1. Take one world-beating Proof and Experimental Establishment.
2. Remove all military technical staff.
3. Call it DTEO.
4. Then call it DRA
5. Then call it Qinetiq.

Result - its magic :evil: . Excellence turned to sh1t without processing through a gut system!
 
#18
This story is really horrible, how could she do it. By coincidence the story of how Matt Woollard got his leg blown off is described in Attack State Red, which has just been published about Afganistan. Scared me just reading it. poor bloke.
 
#19
Mrs Woollard told The Echo: 'I didn't think to get any receipts for things I bought for him and now it is impossible to prove. Matthew has never been able to look after his own fiances. I used to do it for him.
What an utter disgraceful testimony to being a mother, surely whatever one does for ones child, no matter whether they're 3months or 33 years is not about money, well it shouldn't ever be.

If there were any huge outlays of cash and she couldn't afford it, then surely she'd be in a position to say, 'well there is the 5k that was used to buy whatever' fully supported by documentation?

A pathetic mother with a pathetic excuse and an obvious untruth to boot. By saying she didn't notice an extra 10k in her bank account and then coming out with a load of bull, can't manage his finances and the need for things she didn't get receipts for? :evil:
 
#20
Mrs Woollard told The Echo: 'I didn't think to get any receipts for things I bought for him and now it is impossible to prove. Matthew has never been able to look after his own fiances. I used to do it for him.
Reminds me of the Tammy Wynette song 'No Charge'. 8O
 

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