A Lieutenant Colonel has become one of the most senior British Army officers to be jailed after fraudulently claiming more than £44,000 in allowances to send his children to a top boarding school.
Lt Col Adam Roberts 'knew exactly what he was doing' as he lied on Army allowance forms eight times so he could claim public funds he was not entitled to.
He received Continuity of Education Allowance (CEA) from the military to keep two of his three sons at Old Buckenham Hall, a boarding school in Ipswich, Suffolk, where fees are £25,000 a year.
It comes just months after Major General Nick Welch was jailed at Bulford Military Court for 21 months after he was convicted of fraud by falsely claiming more than £48,000 in allowance to pay for his children's school fees.
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Lt Col Adam Roberts was jailed after fraudulently claiming more than £44,000 in allowances to send his children to a top boarding school. Pictured: Bulford Military Court in Wiltshire
Founded in 1862 it is described as a 'leading prep school' and prides itself on sending pupils on to top public schools such as Rugby.
A court martial found Lt Col Roberts, who was commanding officer of the 105th Regiment Royal Artillery before the offences came to light, lied by claiming he was living with his wife.
However, the court heard while Lt Col Roberts was living in Sandhurst, Berkshire, and Paisley, Scotland, his wife was up to 420 miles away in Colchester, Essex, but he continued to claim CEA on the basis he was 'serving accompanied'.
A board found him guilty of eight counts of fraud but acquitted him of two others.
At a sentencing hearing at Bulford Military Court, Wiltshire, Lt Col Roberts, who was a Major at the time he committed the frauds, was dismissed from the military and sent to prison for 20 months.
Judge Advocate Jane England told him: 'You were staying in married quarters at Sandhurst and at this time your children were not boarding.
'Your wife was spending most of her time at her mother's in Colchester and you decided your eldest child should board.
A court martial found that Lt Col Roberts lied by claiming he was living with his wife.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
'You were deployed to Glasgow at short notice and applied for CEA on the basis they would move there with you but they did not.
'Frequent and late notice postings can have a considerable effect on service personnel and their families.
Maj Gen Welch (pictured) was jailed in March
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