Judge says Northampton man’s army pension fraud was ‘despicable offence’

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A son who falsely claimed more than £8,000 after he continued to claim his father’s army pension two years after he had died carried out a “despicable offence’ a judge said.

Patrick Treacy, aged 65, of Drayton walk, St Davids, Northampton, appeared at Northampton Crown Court after pleading guilty to carrying out a fraud between 2010 and 2012.

The court heard that Treacy’s father, who served in the military, died in February 2009.

James McLernon, prosecuting, said when Treacy’s father died his army pension was being paid into his sister’s account.

In November 2009 it was discovered the pension was still being paid into the account and Treacy then wrote a letter to the army pensions office informing them of a new bank account he would like the money to be paid into.

Mr McLernon said: “The letter gave the impression that his father was still alive and gave the details of his own bank account for the money to be paid into.”

The money was then paid into Treacy’s bank account for two years, benefiting him to a total of £8,128.

The National Fraud Initiative uncovered Treacy’s crime in 2014 and he was arrested after declining an opportunity to attend an interview with investigators.

Judge Michael Fowler said Treacy had “taken advantage of his father’s military service” and described the crime as a “despicable offence”.

Treacy was sentenced to nine months in prison suspended for two years. He must also complete 120 hours of unpaid work.