Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Compare this with the way Conway was treated

Some of the details of this may not be quite accurate because of the mists of time, but the general thrust is correct.

In 1989 an RSM with a distinguished career was found guilty of fraud. He had been claiming mileage expenses for travelling to work when he wasn't entitled. I can't remember the details but I think he had moved but claimed the higher rate. From what I remember this had been going on for 2 years.

The RSM was Court Martial'd and found guilty. The punishment was a reduction in rank to Private and, I think, he served some jail time. Now this may seem a reasonable punishment but consider that he was near the end of his career and his pension was also reduced to that of a Private. At today's rates an RSM receives c.£12.5k pa and a Private c.6.8k pa. So as they retire at 40 and can expect to live, say 30 years longer, that would be a loss of nearly £180k.

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