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Officer from Whalley denies misleading the Army
1:29pm Wednesday 23rd January 2013 in News
AN Army officer accused of defrauding the taxpayer of £210,000 to send his children to a private school admitted he forged his estranged wife’s signature on documents.
Lt Col Robert Jolleys, 52, said he removed his wife Judith's name from their joint account as she had mounting debts.
He also explained he was not deceiving the Army when he claimed school fees to send his three sons to the Stonyhurst College because he was their “primary carer” instead of his wife.
At Swindon Crown Court, Jolleys maintained he was not misleading the Army but it was “incompleteness” on his part in not fully explaining his family circumstances on the declarations.
Jolleys, of Whalley, denies 11 allegations against him.