Cumbria

Ex Lancashire policeman jailed for fraud

A retired police sergeant has been jailed for his part in an £85,000 fraud based on his son's Cumbria-based private ambulance business.

Dalvin Dawkins was jailed for two years and his son Matthew for 21 months.

Earlier this week he was found guilty at Carlisle Crown Court of fraud, money laundering and possessing £22,000 he knew had come from criminal activity.

Dawkins, 54, was serving as a Lancashire Constabulary sergeant at Morecambe at the time of the offences.

Sentencing him on Friday, Judge Paul Batty QC said he was an "utterly dishonest, utterly devious and utterly manipulative" man who had brought the good name of the police force into disrepute.

Dawkins had pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

He helped launder so-called "dirty money" money through his own bank account after it had been obtained via the business through a series of bogus credit card payments.

Fraudulent transactions

The fraudulent transactions were connected with Sedbergh Lifeline, which provides first aid care, training and equipment from an office in Main Street, Sedbergh, where the family lives.

Matthew Dawkins, 21, pleaded guilty to 33 charges of fraud, totalling nearly £100,000, and one of money laundering.

Matthew Dawkins's 20-year-old wife Zarina Gray Dawkins was found guilty of money laundering and fraud - involving smaller sums of money.

She was given two years probation supervision and made to do 150 hours of unpaid community work.

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