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Navy officer Lt Cdr Andrew Ball guilty of fraud

A Royal Navy officer has been found guilty of defrauding the Ministry of Defence of almost £1,500.

A Portsmouth court martial heard that Lt Cdr Andrew Ball claimed for personal expenses during a work exchange at the US navy's war college, Rhode Island.

Ball, 41, had faced nine charges of fraud relating to the work placement in 2009 and was found guilty of seven.

The officer, based at HMS Collingwood in Fareham, will be sentenced at Portsmouth naval base on Friday.

Capt Stuart Crozier, prosecuting, said Ball had dishonestly claimed twice for items by first paying using an online expenses system and then paying again using a government procurement card - similar to a credit card.

In total he was found guilty of £1,473 of fraudulent claims.

Ball had said he had difficulty keeping on top of paperwork while on the assignment.

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