Royal Navy officer in £74,000 benefit fraud rap

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A ROYAL Navy commander falsely claimed £74,000 from the service in allowances to send his two children to an exclusive boarding school, a court martial heard.

Commander Anthony Gray is accused of defrauding the navy of benefits he was no longer entitled to because he had split from his wife and was no longer the prime carer of his two children, the trial at Portsmouth Naval Base was told.

The 49-year-old, who is based at MoD Abbey Wood in Bristol, denies 13 charges of dishonestly obtaining the boarding school allowance between the summer of 2007 and 2010.

The trial heard Gray separated from his wife Laura in July 2007, which led to them selling their £640,000 marital home in Bath.

Prosecuter Major Jon Harris said from this point onwards Gray was no longer in charge of his children, Christopher, 15, and Margot, 11, but he ‘dishonestly’ continued to claim the benefit to send them to Kingswood School in Bath.