Cop jailed over false in­surance pol­icy sales

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A Bri­tish Trans­port Police inspector who pleaded guilty to two charges of fraud to­talling more than £170,000 has been jailed for 18 months.

David Brown of Snead View, Motherwell, ap­peared at Hamil­ton Sher­iff Court and ad­mit­ted two charges.

One re­lated to 2010 and 2011, when 46- year- old Brown fraud­u­lently ob­tained com­mis­sion from Le­gal and Gen­eral As­sur­ance So­ci­ety to the value of £164,565.

The sec­ond re­lates to an oc­ca­sion when he ob­tained £ 10,000 by false dec­la­ra­tion to Scot­tish Police Credit Union, con­ceal­ing details of his fi­nan­cial po­si­tion and place of res­i­dency.

Brown had worked with the BTP since 1990, even­tu­ally be­com­ing a £50,000-a-year inspector, but in 2009 took he on a sec­ond job with Glas­gow-based fi­nan­cial ser­vices firm Ron­ald H Smith & Co.

An in­ves­ti­ga­tion launched af­ter dis­crep­an­cies were found in his ac­counts dis­cov­ered that 90 per cent of poli­cies sold by him were lapsed, can­celled or had dis­ap­peared.

He was sacked in Oc­to­ber 2011 and a police probe found 52 false poli­cies had been sub­mit­ted by him.

Bri­tish Trans­port Police’s Deputy Chief Con­sta­ble Adrian Han­stock said: “Inspector Brown has ad­mit­ted a pat­tern of crim­i­nal be­hav­iour, which is com­pletely in­com­pat­i­ble with our stan­dards of ethics and against all our pro­fes­sional val­ues.

“Cases like this un­der­mine the com­mit­ment of hard- work­ing of­fi­cers and can un­doubt­edly lead to a loss of trust in the police.

“Un­der­stand­ably, the pub­lic will be dis­mayed to be­lieve an of­fi­cer would be­have in this way.

“We share this dis­may and fol­low­ing this ad­mis­sion we will now ac­cel­er­ate a mis­con­duct hear­ing, which could not be con­sid­ered un­til the court had reached a de­ci­sion.

“This mis­con­duct hear­ing was per­son­ally over­seen by the chief con­sta­ble.”

P rose­cu­tors made an ap­pli­ca­tion to seize Brown’s police pen­sion un­der pro­ceeds of crime leg­is­la­tion.

They had ac­cepted not guilty pleas to three charges al­leg­ing Brown lied to ob­tain his sec­ond job and pro­duced false doc­u­ments to gain the em­ploy­ment with­out per­mis­sion of police chiefs.

They also ac­cepted his de­nial of pro­duc­ing false in­for­ma­tion to gain pro­mo­tion to the rank of inspector.

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