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MBE conman ordered to repay cash
Michael Eke
Michael Eke was stripped of his MBE after conviction
A jailed ex-police worker who tricked his way to an MBE and obtained tens of thousands of pounds through deceptions has been ordered to pay back 39,250.

Michael Eke, 38, of March, Cambridgeshire, was jailed last year for 18 months for theft and deception after a trial at Norwich Crown Court.

In an application for confiscation proceedings, Judge Paul Downes ordered the money be paid within six months.

If he fails to repay the money, Eke will face a further 18 months in jail.

The judge on Friday ordered that the compensation be paid to two organisations.

March Air Training Corps (ATC), where Eke was squadron leader, should receive 26,925, and the Lottery grants scheme, Awards For All, should receive 13,325.

Stripped of honour

Eke, who had been presented with the MBE for "services to the community" was stripped of the honour following his conviction.

After the trial, Judge Paul Downes said Eke had gone to "ridiculous lengths" and had "acted shamelessly" to get what he wanted.

He provided false references to get a job as a stationery stores manager with Cambridgeshire Police, before stealing computers and cameras from the force.

He also sold candles - paid for by Cambridgeshire Police - to St Peter's Church in March for their carol service three years running, and put the money in his own account.

In court, Eke admitted using a false instrument, namely a Cabinet Office "Nomination for a UK Honour" form, along with 13 offences of theft, false accounting and deception between 2001 and 2004.

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