Woman admits defrauding RAF of more than £72,000

Ipswich Crown Court ANL-140617-141524001
Ipswich Crown Court ANL-140617-141524001

A woman has appeared in court to admit defrauding the Royal Air Force of more than £72,000.

Zowie Davis, 38, took the money while working as a mess clerk at RAF Honington between February 2, 2012 and October 10, 2014, Ipswich Crown Court heard today.

Davis, formerly of Honington, and now detained under the Mental Health Act in hospital, transferred cheques and cash to her own bank account, said Lindsay Cox, prosecuting.

In total Davis, who resigned her post on the same day that she was suspended pending an investigation, obtained £72,690.

Davis, who has no previous convictions, pleaded guilty to an offence of fraud by abuse of position.

Judge John Devaux agreed to postpone sentencing until next month to allow the preparation of an up to date psychiatric report on Davis.

Appearing for Davis, Maria Dineen said her client was suffering from severe depression and had initially become a voluntary in patient at a mental health unit. In January last year Davis was detained at the same hospital under the Mental Health Act.

Judge Devaux told Davis that he was unable to give any indication of what type of sentence was likely to be imposed on her.

Davis is to face a further hearing in July under the Proceeds of Crime Act with the intention of recouping as much as possible of what she took.