30/08/2006

Conman faces losing MBE

A man who nominated himself for an MBE now faces losing the honour.

Former police worker Michael Eke, 38, from Cambridgeshire, received his MBE from the Queen in 2003 in recognition of his charity.

Eke was among 140 people chosen to carry the Olympic torch on the London leg of its 78-day journey to the Olympic Games in Athens.

However, Eke admitted using false names in letters to the Cabinet Office, nominating him for an MBE, as well as using false names to write to local community leaders, asking them to support the application.

Eke then managed to obtain funds totalling over £25,000 by deception, including almost £17,000 from the National Lottery.

Eke had worked as a stationery stores manager for Cambridgeshire Police until he was arrested and suspended in February 2005.

He has also admitted stealing laptop computers and digital cameras from the force and four charges of obtaining a money transfer by deception.

Judge Paul Downes adjourned sentencing until October 3 for reports.

(KMcA/EF)

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