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Former Norfolk police officer faces jail after admitting £85,000 fraud

PUBLISHED: 06:52 14 March 2015 | UPDATED: 14:03 15 March 2015

Ipswich Crown Court

Ipswich Crown Court

Archant

A former Norfolk police officer who admitted a string of frauds totalling about £85,000 has been warned he could be jailed.

Christopher Hawkins, formerly of Back Lane, Martham, was a detective constable with Norfolk Constabulary at the time of the alleged offences.

The 46-year-old appeared at Ipswich Crown Court yesterday where he pleaded guilty to one count of fraud.

Hawkins has previously admitted three other counts of fraud which relate to taking out loans in the name of his wife, who is also a Norfolk police officer, without her knowledge.

He has denied a fifth count of fraud which the prosecution have asked be allowed to lie on file.

Joanne Eley, prosecuting, said the total value of the fraud in this case was “£85,000 approximately”.

Charles Myatt, representing Hawkins, conceded it was a significant amount of money which “crossed the custody threshold”.

He asked for a pre sentence report to be made and said his client “was suffering from depression and other mental health difficulties” at the time. Hawkins, of Dorchester Road, Bury St Edmunds, who wore a dark suit and blue and white checked shirt, was granted bail.

Judge John Devaux adjourned sentence until the week commencing May 25 after the completion of the pre sentence report and warned it had been conceded that the “custody threshold had been crossed”.

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