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Last Updated: Friday, 2 May, 2003, 11:54 GMT 12:54 UK
Major faces deception charges
Major Charles Ingram
Major Charles Ingram has pleaded not guilty

An Army major accused of dishonest dealings with two insurance companies has been bailed by a court in Wiltshire.

Charles Ingram, 39, of Easterton, Wiltshire, who serves with the Royal Engineers, appeared on Friday before Salisbury Crown Court to face two charges of dishonesty.

He is accused of obtaining a pecuniary advantage by deception in 1997.

The charge alleges that Major Ingram obtained an insurance policy with Zurich Municipal by lying about his insurance history in his application.

Unconditional bail

On the second count, Major Ingram is accused of having taken out a policy with Direct Line insurance in July 2001 by lying about the number of insurance claims he had made in the previous three years.

Major Ingram spoke only to confirm his name and that he understood the court's instructions.

He pleaded not guilty to both charges at a hearing in October last year.

The case was adjourned for a further preliminary hearing at Bournemouth Crown Court on 5 June.

Major Ingram was remanded on unconditional bail.

He left the court with his wife Diana who sat in court during the proceedings.


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