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Plymouth Royal Marine's 'war damage' insurance fraud

A Royal Marine lied about having thousands of pounds worth of belongings blown up by the enemy during active service.

Kieran Morton claimed £15,000 for belongings damaged in Sierra Leone and Afghanistan between 2006 and 2008.

The 30-year-old from Juniper Way, Plympton, Plymouth admitted 10 charges of fraud, obtaining money by deception and theft, at Plymouth Crown Court.

Morton, who will be sentenced on 17 June, has been warned he faces jail.

'Rocket attack'

The court was told the marine also faced an inevitable dishonourable discharge from the Royal Navy following his admission of guilt.

The charges included a fraud relating to a claim made in March 2007 to Royal Sun Alliance for nearly £2,000 for personal belongings damaged in a Taliban rocket attack in Afghanistan.

The following year, Morton claimed £1,500 from Towergate Wilsons - a firm specialising in insurance for military personnel - for belongings damaged in a "mine strike" in Afghanistan.

He served in Afghanistan as part of the UK Landing Force Command Support Group.

Judge Francis Gilbert warned Morton he faced the possibility of a jail term when he is sentenced.

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