Police officer pleads guilty to forgery

05/02/2013

An officer from West Midlands Police has today pleaded guilty at Coventry Crown Court of forgery and has received a four month suspended prison sentence as well as ordered to pay £2,400 court costs.

Stuart Williams, 37, was arrested and charged with one count of forgery, contrary to section 1 on the forgery and counterfeiting Act, after he was found to have falsified a statement resulting in an investigation being dropped.

Sarah Pedley, Senior Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said:

"Members of the public put their faith into those who work in the criminal justice system to ensure that they serve the community to their best ability. The actions of one rogue officer has today tainted the hard work and commitment which is shown by all who work in the justice system on a daily basis.

"Stuart Williams was originally asked to investigate a matter of harassment. Rather than follow the procedural rules into such investigations, he began to falsely documents to claim that he was doing what was being asked of him.

"Things culminated in April 2011 when, after he visited the victim, he completed a statement, purportedly from the victim, dropping the compliant. He then falsified the victim's signature.

"It was only when the victim made another harassment complaint that Williams' misdemeanours came to light and an investigation launched.

"The defendants action could have had dire consequences to the victim and her family, and I would like to take this opportunity of asking the public to carry on putting their faith in the justice system as we will continue to work towards ensuring that we serve and protect all communities of the West Midlands."