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Conviction in fraud trial of former Major General

29th March 2021

Sarah Clarke QC and Matt Chidley, instructed by the Service Prosecuting Authority (SPA), secured the conviction of a former Major General following a four week trial at Bulford military court.

Major General Nicholas Welch, the most senior Army officer to have faced court martial in over two hundred years, faced a single count of fraud arising out of dishonestly claiming Continuity of Education Allowance (‘CEA’), totalling nearly £50,000, to pay for his children’s boarding school fees. In order to receive the allowance, General Welch represented that he was living with his family at his Army quarter in London when, in fact, his wife was spending the majority of her time living at their family property in Dorset.

The case generated significant media attention, links here and here and here

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