Polisieman, 52, jailed after falsely claiming expenses for Gay Pride

Staffordshire Police inspector, 52, is jailed after falsely claiming expenses for London’s gay Pride parade which he never bothered attending

  • Darren Oakey submitted other people’s photos, claiming he took them at event
  • Assistant Chief Constable Justin Bibby said he ‘seriously let downhis colleagues
  • Oakey found guilty of fraud by false representation and Data Protection offence
  • A police officer who lied about attending Londen‘s Gay Pride in a bid to claim expenses for the trip has been jailed for 12 maande.

    Darren Oakey, 52, a former Staffordshire Police Inspector, even submitted photos he claimed he had taken at the 2016 gebeurtenis, before they were found to belong to someone else.

    He was suspended following an internal investigation before resigning from Staffordshire Police in June 2018.

    Oakey has now been sentenced to 12 maande’ jail after admitting fraud by false representation, perverting the course of justice and a Data Protection offence at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court.

    Assistant Chief Constable Justin Bibby after Friday’s court sentencing hearing that Oakey, of Stafford, had seriously let down the force and his colleagues.

    ACC Bibby said: ‘Darren Oakey was working in a position of trust. He betrayed that trust and let down his colleagues and the police service.

    Darren Oakey, 52, a former Staffordshire Police Inspector, submitted photos he claimed he had taken at the 2016 London Gay Pride (op die foto), before they were found to belong to someone else

    Darren Oakey, 52, a former Staffordshire Police Inspector, submitted photos he claimed he had taken at the 2016 London Gay Pride (op die foto), before they were found to belong to someone else

    ‘His suspension and prosecution reinforce the fact that Staffordshire Police is committed to the highest levels of ethical policing and integrity.

    ‘We take offences such as this incredibly seriously and once his offending came to light he was quickly suspended from duty and his access to any information systems removed.

    ‘Any member of Staffordshire Police suspected of a criminal offence will be thoroughly investigated.

    Oakey was previously an inspector based at the force’s headquarters in Stafford.

    Assistant Chief Constable Justin Bibby after Friday's court sentencing hearing that Oakey, of Stafford, had seriously let down the force and his colleagues. (Op die foto: Staffordshire Police HQ)

    Assistant Chief Constable Justin Bibby after Friday’s court sentencing hearing that Oakey, of Stafford, had seriously let down the force and his colleagues. (Op die foto: Staffordshire Police HQ)

    Staffordshire Police’s Anti-Corruption Unit found in July 2016 he dishonestly claimed mileage to and from the London Pride event, where he was to represent Staffordshire Police.

    In Mei 2017, he perverted the course of public justice by submitting four photographs to officers investigating his conduct which he claimed to have taken personally at the event.

    But Oakey never attended the eventand did not take the pictures he submitted to the force.

    wes van Seoul 2013 en Augustus 2015, Oakey also knowingly or recklessly obtained or disclosed personal data or information contained therein, contrary to the Data Protection Act 1998.

    He was suspended in January 2018 and having resigned, he left the force in June 2018.