Afghanistan war hero investigated for alleged tuition fraud
Afghanistan war hero investigated for alleged fraud after “falsely claiming boarding allowance”
- Senior Army Officer Jo Butterfill investigated for suspected fraud
- It is alleged that he falsely claimed an allowance for boarding costs
- Investigation comes four months after army general jailed for same offense
Brigadier Jo Butterfill, who won a military cross for leading his soldiers to fight the Taliban in 2009, is under investigation for alleged fraud
A senior army officer decorated for bravery in Afghanistan is under investigation over allegations that he falsely claimed an allowance for boarding school expenses.
Brigadier Jo Butterfill, who won a Military Cross for leading his soldiers into battle against the Taliban in 2009, is under investigation for suspected fraud.
The Royal Military Police investigation comes four months after an army major general was jailed for 21 months for the same offense.
Major-General Nick Welch was the most senior court-martial officer since 1815. He was convicted of dishonestly claiming £ 48,000 for the Continuity of Education Allowance (CEA ).
And last month Lt. Col. Adam Roberts was found guilty of fraudulently claiming over £ 44,000 to send his children to boarding school.
The CEA allows children to stay in the same schools while their parents – one of whom is to serve in the military – are posted to different locations in the UK and abroad. It cannot be claimed if the spouse of a soldier is absent from the military home for more than 90 days per year.
The program, which is open to all ranks of the armed forces, is strictly controlled by the Ministry of Defense.
An army spokesperson said last night: “We can confirm that a Royal Military Police investigation is underway involving a senior officer and it would be inappropriate to comment further at this time.”
Brig Butterfill is the commander of the 12th Armored Infantry Brigade based in Bulford, Wiltshire, where he has over 1,000 troops under his command.
The Prince of Wales presented him with his military cross. He fought in Afghanistan at the height of the conflict in 2009, a year in which 95 British soldiers were killed.
At the time, he was a company commander in the 2nd Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers. His company – A Company 2RRF – lost seven soldiers in the fight against the Taliban.
Brig Butterfill was then the father of two children. He then received the OBE.