Retired army major guilty of dishonestly acquiring historic military vehicles from foreign governments

Ministry of Defence Police (MDP) Crime Command investigation leads to sentencing

Michael Whatley, a retired British Army major who served with the Household Cavalry Regiment, was sentenced to two years’ imprisonment, suspended for two years, after pleading guilty to three charges of committing misconduct in a public office.

Whatley was also ordered to complete 150 hours’ unpaid work and pay £1,500 towards the prosecution costs.

Judge Andrew Barnett told him: “You are a disgrace. You were a very distinguished man, a major in one of the oldest regiments in the British Army. You should be bitterly ashamed of your conduct. I don’t want to minimise the effect actions such as yours has upon public confidence in the army.”

His sentencing in August at Salisbury Crown Court followed a lengthy and complex investigation by officers from the Ministry of Defence Police (MDP) Crime Command.

The MDP investigation into Whatley, 65, a collector of military vehicles, began in 2011.

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