Army accountant jailed for £21,000 theft

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An accountant from the North West has been jailed for 16 months for stealing more than £21,350 from a soldiers’ fund.

Captain Simon Mercer from Heswell received his sentence at Southwark Crown Court last week, after he admitted taking the money to pay for £1,000 a night “high-class” escorts, the Wirral Globe reported.

They money had been raised for the Royal Engineers regiment of the British Army from the sale of a rare painting found at barracks in Catford.

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