Christopher Higgs jailed for defrauding women


Christopher Higgs, 30, from Helston in Cornwall, was today given a custodial sentence of 5 years and 2 months at Plymouth Crown Court for defrauding women out of tens of thousands of pounds.

CPS Senior Crown Prosecutor, Alyson Harris, said: "Christopher Higgs used his position as a police officer to form relationships with a number of women, who he then took advantage of by asking them to lend him money to pay off various debts.

"I worked closely with Devon and Cornwall police over the course of around a year to build a file, proving that Higgs was not using the money to pay off debts but was instead using it to fund his gambling habits.

"He tried to intimidate the women into not coming forward to report him, again using his position as a police officer to give his threats greater gravity. I hope that the sentence of the Court and the Learned Judges comments show that their ordeal has been recognised and the conclusion of this case brings with it a degree of closure for the victims."

Higgs, a serving police officer at the time of the offences, admitted 16 counts of fraud, perverting the course of justice, witness intimidation and blackmail. He defrauded his victims out of £38,307.