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PC jailed over benefit fraud lies


A West Midlands Police officer who lied to cover up a £20,000 benefit fraud has been jailed for a year.
PC Steven Cook initially denied he was in a relationship with his girlfriend who wrongly claimed housing, income support and council tax benefits over a two-and-a-half year period.
An investigation was carried out by Sandwell Council with the support of West Midlands Police and the 38 year-old later admitted perverting the course of justice.
He was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment and ordered to pay £750 costs at Wolverhampton Crown Court today (Friday 21 April)
The officer - who was based in Birmingham when the allegations came to light - was suspended by the force. Following the sentencing he will now face gross misconduct disciplinary proceedings.
Chief Inspector Brian Carmichael, from the force’s Professional Standards Department, said: “We demand the highest standards from all our officers and PC Cook failed to show the level of honesty and integrity we expect from someone in such a position of trust."