Posted on Nov 14, 2018
He denied that he was living at the family home in Devizes, Wiltshire – which would have made him ineligible to claim. His solicitor described the investigation against him as “flawed”. During the 2015-16 school year Col Lee, 52, claimed £98,306.80 in school fees for his children’s education under the Army’s continuity of education allowance (CEA). The allowance enables those serving in the armed forces to send their children to boarding school to prevent disruption to schooling caused by postings around the UK and abroad. But prosecutors accused him of two counts of fraud, alleging that after Col Lee was posted in 2015 to RAF Odiham, Hampshire, which was less than 50 miles from his home at Littleton Pannell, near Devizes, Wiltshire, he should not have made the claim. A court martial board of five senior officers found him not guilty after a seven-day trial in Bulford, Wiltshire.