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Army major stole £70,000 from Herefordshire cadets
10:20am Monday 2nd April 2012 in County
An army major who received the Queen's Gallantry Medal for bravery has been jailed for stealing more than £70,000 from army cadets.
Joseph Sandison, a former soldier decorated for his actions in Northern Ireland, took money from Hereford and Worcester Army Cadet Force to fund a gambling addiction.
At Hereford Crown Court last Monday (March 26), recorder Christopher Hotten said the ex-Grenadier Guard got away with his crime for almost two years because of his military background.
Sandison worked for the Army Cadet Force in Herefordshire, which has offices in Harold Street, Hereford, for 14 years. As cadet executive officer, the 65-year-old’s job was to manage the force budget and authorise payments.
But from April 2008 to September 2010, he was siphoning money from the force’s bank account for his own use. He took just over £65,000 from a public funds account and a further £7,000 from another account.
Sandison was jailed for 16 months.