A police officer who took time off work after falsely claiming her daughter had cancer has been jailed for 18 months.
Rachel Hewitt, 39, of Ash Grove, South Elmsall, West Yorkshire, admitted fraud and misconduct in public office earlier this year at Hull Crown Court.
Hewitt claimed she had to miss shifts at North Yorkshire Police because her teenage daughter needed chemotherapy. In fact, the court heard, her daughter was taking part in show-jumping events.
The offences relate to the period between 1st January 2009 and 10th October last year when Hewitt was a constable with North Yorkshire Police. The court was told the force gave her compassionate leave and special shifts, and colleagues organised whip-rounds to buy the family gifts.
The court heard the mother-of-two had also been granted time off from her role, for which she got a salary of up to £29,400, after claiming she had swine flu and other serious illness.
Hewitt denied a further charge of fraud relating to a request for a career break to look after her daughter, who is now 15, with which the Crown Prosecution Service agreed it would not proceed. Well she will get her career break she wanted but in prison.
The boomerang Romanian
A Romanian fraudster who was caught using an ATM ‘cash trap’ in central London seven years after being deported from the UK was jailed for four months on Monday. Claudiu Ojogel, 31, was deported in 2005 when police found him using a false Moldovian identity, he served a nine month prison sentence.
But on June 27th this year he miraculously reappeared in our country being spotted acting suspiciously while using a Halifax bank cash machine in Moorgate. He was searched and found to be carrying the ‘cash trap’ device and £340 in cash.
Sham marriage couple jailed
A Nigerian couple who took part in sham marriages with Dutch nationals to remain in the UK have been jailed for a total of four years. Glory Odigie, 38, married a Dutch woman so he could stay in the country and arranged for a man from the Netherlands to wed partner Julie Odigie.