Royal Navy officer guilty of fraud claim

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A ROYAL Navy commander was found guilty of nine charges of dishonestly claiming allowances to send his two children to an exclusive boarding school.

Commander Anthony Gray claimed the money when he was no longer entitled to because he had split from his wife and was no longer the ‘prime’ carer of the two children, the court martial at Portsmouth Naval Base was told yesterday.

The 49-year-old, who is based at MoD Abbeywood in Bristol, was found not guilty of a further four charges of fraud.

The total value of the claims fraudulently made by Gray totalled £52,999.40 between July 2008 and March 2010.

The court martial board made up of senior officers took three hours to reach their verdicts.