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Staffordshire police officer made false London Pride mileage claims

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A former Staffordshire police officer who made dishonest mileage claims connected with London Pride has been convicted of fraud.

Former inspector Darren Oakey pleaded guilty to fraud by false representation, perverting the course of public justice and obtain/disclose personal data/information (contrary to the Data Protection Act).

Oakey, 51, of Sayers Road, Stafford, who was previously based at Staffordshire police’s headquarters in Stafford, was convicted of the crimes at Stafford Crown Court on Friday, September 3.

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An investigation by Staffordshire Police’s Anti-Corruption Unit found he dishonestly claimed mileage to and from a London Pride pre-event and the London Pride March, where he was to represent Staffordshire Police, on July 1, 2016.

And in May 2017, Oakey perverted the course of pubic justice by submitting four photographs to officers investigating his conduct which he claimed to have taken personally at London Pride when he knew he had not taken them.

Between May 2013 and August 2015, Oakey knowingly or recklessly obtained or disclosed personal data or information contained therein contrary to the Data Protection Act 1998, without the consent of the data controller.

He was suspended from his job in January 2018 and having resigned, he left the force in June 2018.

Chief Constable Emma Barnett, said after the hearing: “Darren Oakey was working in a position of trust. He betrayed that trust and let down his colleagues and the police service.

“His suspension and prosecution reinforce the fact that Staffordshire Police is committed to the highest levels of ethical policing and integrity.

“We take offences such as this incredibly seriously and once his offending came to light he was quickly suspended from duty and his access to any information systems removed.

“Any staff member of Staffordshire Police suspected of a criminal offence will be thoroughly investigated.”

Oakey will be sentenced at Stafford Crown Court on November 19.

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