Disgrace and dishonour
MICHAEL Eke, who single-handedly brought to March a series of honours, including an MBE for himself, returned home on Tuesday night, utterly and irrevocably disgraced. Eke, no longer a flight lieutenant in the ATC, no longer the entrepreneur responsible f
MICHAEL Eke, who single-handedly brought to March a series of honours, including an MBE for himself, returned home on Tuesday night, utterly and irrevocably disgraced.
Eke, no longer a flight lieutenant in the ATC, no longer the entrepreneur responsible for summer festivals, Remembrance Day parades, Jubilee celebrations and civic tattoos, now faces jail when he returns to Norwich Crown Court next month.
He will, inevitably, be stripped of his MBE which, on his own admission, he obtained by deception by creating false references supporting his nomination.
And he is likely to lose his Plover Drive home as legal action gets under way to recover the thousands of pounds he stole.
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His lie - "that I have not misappropriated a penny"- was just one of many in a breathtaking swathe of fraud and deception that began nearly five years ago when he forged references to get a job with Cambridgeshire Police.
He went on to steal computers and cameras from the police, faked invoices to line his pocket, and lied to get large sums from Lottery grants.
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He even used £7,720 raised by the mayor, Councillor Bernard Keane, to buy a new car. The money was intended to replace instruments stolen in a burglary at the ATC headquarters in March.
And for three years running he had candles delivered and invoiced to the police - which he then sold on to St Peter's Church, March, for their Christmas Eve midnight mass.
On Tuesday Eke stood impassionately in the dock to add two guilty pleas to the
12 he had previously admitted at an earlier hearing,
Judge Paul Downs agreed that three more charges denied by Eke, two involving the forgery of his mother's will, should lie on file.