A ROYAL Navy officer has said he misused his government credit card by mistake while working in the US.
Lieutenant Commander Andrew Ball denied he was dishonest when he made claims totalling £2,600 while on an exchange programme with the US Navy in 2009.
The officer, who is based at HMS Collingwood, told a court martial that 12-hour days and the birth of his third child meant he was ‘not coping’ with his expenses paperwork.
The trial heard this led to him claiming for utility bills online before paying the bills using his MoD credit card – effectively claiming twice.
Ball said: ‘It was purely by accident due to a lack of administration and a lack of attention to detail.’
Ball also said he accidentally handed over his MoD card to pay for two restaurant bills and equipment hire while living in Rhode Island. This is disputed by the prosecution.