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A high-ranking army officer Jo Butterfill who was honored for bravery in Afghanistan is being investigated on charges of falsely claiming an allowance for boarding school fees.
Afghanistan war hero under investigation for suspected school fee fraud https://t.co/xE9pz4KkmM
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Jo Butterfill received a military cross in 2009
Brigadier Jo Butterfill, who received a military cross in 2009 for leading his soldiers in the fight against the Taliban, is under investigation for alleged fraud.
The Royal Military Police investigation comes four months after an Army major general was jailed for 21 months for the same offense.
Maj Gen Nick Welch was the most senior officer to be tried on court-martial since 1815. He was found guilty of dishonestly claiming £ 48,000 under the Continuity of Education Allowance (CEA).
And last month Lt Col Adam Roberts was convicted of fraudulently claiming more than £ 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 must serve in the military – are sent to different locations in the UK and abroad. It cannot be invoked if the spouse of a soldier is away from the military residence for more than 90 days a year.
The program, which is open to all ranks in the armed forces, is closely monitored by the Department of Defense.
An army spokesman said last night: “We can confirm that there is an ongoing Royal Military Police investigation into a senior officer and that it would be inappropriate to make any further comments at this point.”
Brig Butterfill is the commanding officer of the 12th Panzer Grenadier Brigade, based in Bulford, Wiltshire, where he has more than 1,000 soldiers under his command.
He was awarded his Military Cross by the Prince of Wales. He fought at the height of the conflict in Afghanistan in 2009, a year in which 95 British soldiers were killed.
At that 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 a father of two at the time. He was later awarded the OBE.