Major general jailed after claiming nearly £50,000 for boarding school fees

A senior army officer who fraudulently claimed almost £50,000 in boarding school fees has been jailed for 21 months.

Major general Nick Welch was sentenced at Bulford military court on Friday, the day after he was found guilty of fraud following a month-long trial.

The 57-year-old, who left the military three years ago, is thought to be the most senior military officer to be court martialled since 1815.

The case concerned the two-star general’s application for £48,000 in allowances towards his children’s school fees between December 2015 and February 2017.

He had applied for the Continuity of Education Allowance (CEA), a payment which allows the children of military personnel to continue at the same school when their parents are posted elsewhere.

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