An Military Main who was awarded an MBE for his charity work defrauded the navy out of almost £40,000 to ship his youngsters to one of many nation’s costliest boarding faculties, a court docket heard right this moment.
Royal Engineer Lloyd Hamilton allegedly misused taxpayers’ cash to pay for his or her training whereas he was stationed overseas.
A court docket martial heard the 47-year-old father of two, who was primarily based in Cyprus on the time, was solely eligible to assert the allowances so long as his spouse Liz was residing with him.
However following a breakdown of their marriage Mrs Hamilton, an IBM supervisor, remained at their personal £500,000 4 bed room dwelling in Hamble, Hampshire.
Main Lloyd Hamilton arriving at Bulford Army Courtroom this morning
The court docket heard Main Hamilton despatched his spouse texts saying he knew he was being investigated for fraudulently claiming £38,892 value of charges to ship his two youngsters to Queen Elthelburga’s Collegiate in Yorkshire.
Prosecutors allege the vast majority of the charges on the £49,875-a-year college have been paid for fraudulently by the Main as a result of he knew he was now not eligible.
Bulford Army Courtroom, Wiltshire, heard that over the 12 months between 1 July 2017 and 1 August 2018, when the offences have been alleged to have taken place, Main Hamilton was primarily based at RAF Akrotiri, Cyprus.
Throughout that point there have been ‘substantial difficulties’ within the couple’s relationship and Main Hamilton advised her he thought it was finest if she remained within the UK.
The court docket heard he advised pals he, ‘did not need to proceed strolling blindly by way of life’ only for the youngsters and wished a divorce.
Prosecutors additionally claimed journeys made to Cyprus by Mrs Hamilton have been taken simply to keep up the ‘facade’ that they have been nonetheless collectively.
In early 2018 Main Hamilton despatched messages to his spouse telling her he suspected his continuity of training allowance (CEA) claims for 1000’s of kilos have been being questioned.
The typical wage for a Main within the British Military is round £54,000 in accordance with the Ministry of Defence.
In a single textual content, he mentioned: ‘So there are plenty of indications that work are trying into why you aren’t right here if this results in me being investigated I might be f*****g fuming.’
Main Hamilton is likely one of the founding members of Toe within the Water, a tri-service charity that makes use of aggressive crusing to re-inspire injured servicemen and girls to see past their accidents
The court docket heard Main Hamilton despatched his spouse texts saying he knew he was being investigated for fraudulently claiming £38,892 value of charges to ship his two youngsters to Queen Elthelburga’s Collegiate in Yorkshire
Prosecuting, Commander Peter Barker mentioned: ‘The allegation is that having submitted a declare for CEA he did not disclose info he was beneath an obligation to reveal and that info was that was his spouse, Mrs Hamilton, was not residing with him within the service household lodging in Cyprus.
‘On this case the crown say over your complete interval of the costs, a interval of 397 days, the allegation is that Mrs Hamilton was not residing on the work tackle.
‘In actual fact, we are saying she solely spent 99 days in Cyprus, 25 per cent of that point.
‘The crown say that the wedding was in substantial difficulties after which broke down irretrievably.’
Commander Barker advised the court docket that Main Hamilton’s two youngsters, a daughter aged 12 and in 12 months 7, and a son, then 10, and in 12 months 5, each attended Queen Elthelburga’s.
The college is likely one of the costliest boarding faculties within the nation.
He continued: ‘The overwhelming majority of their charges have been being paid for by public cash.’
Main Hamilton is likely one of the founding members of Toe within the Water, a tri-service charity that makes use of aggressive crusing to re-inspire injured servicemen and girls to see past their accidents.
He denies two prices of fraud. The trial, anticipated to final six days, continues.