MBE conman gets 18 months in jail

Helen Warrell

A former police worker who stole thousands of pounds that had been raised for charity and conned his way into receiving an MBE was last week given an 18-month jail sentence.

Michael Eke, from March in Cambridgeshire, was awarded the MBE for services to the community in 2003 for his charity work, which included organising a fictitious festival to celebrate the Queen's Golden Jubilee.

But the event never took place and Eke kept the money he raised for himself.

It is thought that, in total, he dishonestly obtained more than £15,000 of National Lottery funds.

Eke secured the MBE by writing false letters to the Cabinet Office and local community leaders. During his trial at Norwich Crown Court, he pleaded guilty to 14 charges of theft and deception.

The court heard that Eke - the only man ever known to cheat his way to such an honour - spent the stolen funds on a new car and a party to celebrate his MBE.

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