RAF fraudster cannot pay back money, court hears

Zowie Davis was jailed for 18 months in May 2016 for fraud after stealing more than ?70,000 from mess accounts while working as mess clerk at RAF Honington ANL-160905-162414005
Zowie Davis was jailed for 18 months in May 2016 for fraud after stealing more than ?70,000 from mess accounts while working as mess clerk at RAF Honington ANL-160905-162414005

A civilian employee at RAF Honington who stole tens of thousands of pounds from mess accounts cannot repay any of the money, a court has heard.

Zowie Davis, 38, spent more than two and a half years helping herself to cheques and cash and in May was jailed at Ipswich Crown Court for 18 months. Davis, formerly of Honington but who at the time of her sentencing was living in a psychiatric unit, had pleaded guilty to fraud by abuse of position.

Ipswich Crown Court

Ipswich Crown Court

On Monday Davis was returned to the same court for a Proceeds of Crime Act hearing, designed to recoup as much as possible of what she gained from her offending.

The court heard that specialist financial investigators established that Davis gained £197,856 through her offending but had no cash or assets left which could be used to repay any of it. Mr Recorder Alastair Wilson QC ordered Davis to pay a nominal £1 within the next 28 days.

When Davis was jailed in May, the court heard how between February 2012 and October 2014, she failed to keep proper records in her role as mess clerk and the accounts became overdrawn.

Managers launched an investigation after blank cheque stubs were discovered and cash could not be accounted for. Davis, a mother-of-three married to a serving member of the armed forces, was suspended from her job in October 2014 and tendered her resignation by email the next day.