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Staffordshire Police Inspector, 52, Jailed After Falsely Claiming Pride Parade Expenses

The 52-year-old Staffordshire Police Inspector is jailed after falsely claiming expenses for the London Pride parade he never bothered to attend.

  • Darren Oakey sent photos of other people, claiming he took them at the event
  • Assistant Police Chief Justin Bibby Said He ‘Seriously Disappointed’ His Colleagues
  • Oakey found guilty of fraud by false representation and crime of Data Protection

A police officer who lied about attending London Pride in an attempt to claim travel expenses has been jailed for 12 months.

Darren Oakey, 52, a former Staffordshire Police Inspector, even sent photos he claimed to have taken at the 2016 event, 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 months in jail after admitting false representation fraud, perverting the course of justice and a data protection offense at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court.

Assistant Police Chief Justin Bibby after Friday’s sentencing hearing that Oakey, of Stafford, had seriously defrauded 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, sent in photos he claimed to have taken at the 2016 London Gay Pride (pictured), before they were found to belong to someone else.

Darren Oakey, 52, a former Staffordshire Police Inspector, sent in photos he claimed to have taken at the 2016 London Gay Pride (pictured), before they were found to belong to someone else.

“His suspension and prosecution reinforce the fact that Staffordshire Police are committed to the highest levels of police ethics and integrity.

“We take offenses like this incredibly seriously and once his offense came to light, he was promptly suspended from duty and had access to any information systems removed.

“Any member of the Staffordshire Police suspected of a criminal offense will be fully investigated.”

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

Assistant Police Chief Justin Bibby after Friday's sentencing hearing that Oakey, of Stafford, had seriously defrauded the force and his colleagues.  (Pictured: Staffordshire Police HQ)

Assistant Police Chief Justin Bibby after Friday’s sentencing hearing that Oakey, of Stafford, had seriously defrauded the force and his colleagues. (Pictured: Staffordshire Police HQ)

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

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

But Oakey never attended the event and did not take the photos he forcefully sent.

Between May 2013 and August 2015, Oakey also knowingly or recklessly obtained or disclosed personal data or information contained therein, in violation of the Data Protection Act 1998.

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

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