Navy rating found not guilty after fraud claims

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A ROYAL Navy senior rating has been found not guilty of fraudulently claiming more than £13,000 in boarding school allowance for her son after she moved from Hampshire to Scotland.

Master at Arms Eileen Harvey was living with her husband and son in Alton in 2010 when she was given a new position at HMS Neptune in Scotland.

She was accused at a court martial trial at Portsmouth Naval Base of falsely claiming in personnel forms that her family would be moving with her to Helensburgh.

The allegations included fraudulently applying for boarding school allowance, called continuity education allowance, worth a total of £13,150.

But the senior rating has now been acquitted of the three charges of making a false record and three offences of fraud.

The court martial heard that MAA Harvey had told investigators she had made an ‘admin error’ and told them: ‘I know how it looks but it’s just not like that.’