Adam McLean has since been dismissed from Dorset Police after defrauding 52-year-old victim

PC sentenced to community service after fraud conviction

PC sentenced to community service after fraud conviction

First published in News

A DORSET police officer has been convicted of five counts of fraud by false representation and sentenced to a community service order.

Adam McLean, 38, pleaded guilty at Bournemouth Crown Court on Thursday, April 3.

On the same day he was sentenced to a community service order to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work for each offence – to run concurrently. Following his conviction he was dismissed from Dorset Police on April 28.

The PCwas arrested on June 12 last year following a pro-active investigation by the Dorset Police Anti-Corruption Unit and the Major Crime Team.

He met the victim, a 52-year-old Sherborne man, in 2006 when he dealt with an incident in the town while on duty and subsequently they became friends.

PC McLean went on to abuse his position and in 2012 he used the victim’s bank account to pay off his own personal debts.

Superintendent Dave Thorp, of Dorset Police, said: “PC Adam McLean was working in a position of trust. He betrayed that trust and let down his colleagues and the police service.

“His arrest, prosecution and subsequent dismissal by Chief Constable Debbie Simpson, reinforces the fact that Dorset Police is committed to the highest levels of ethical policing and integrity.

“Any staff member of Dorset Police suspected of a criminal offence will be thoroughly investigated.”

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11:17am Wed 14 May 14

BIGTONE says...

10 months on full pay "garden leave"
He got a good result.
10 months on full pay "garden leave" He got a good result. BIGTONE
  • Score: 5

11:27am Wed 14 May 14

RM says...

Now we know why they're too busy to do anything about the travellers. If the unpaid work sentences of 150 hours each are to run concurrently doesn't that mean that overall he only does 150 hours? And will he collect a full police pension? Who says crime doesn't pay?
Now we know why they're too busy to do anything about the travellers. If the unpaid work sentences of 150 hours each are to run concurrently doesn't that mean that overall he only does 150 hours? And will he collect a full police pension? Who says crime doesn't pay? RM
  • Score: 0

11:38am Wed 14 May 14

muscliffman says...

Integrity and repute in tatters, so what now happens to people who have a criminal conviction arising from any evidence that was provided by this Officer?
Integrity and repute in tatters, so what now happens to people who have a criminal conviction arising from any evidence that was provided by this Officer? muscliffman
  • Score: 6

4:03pm Wed 14 May 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

There are plenty of bad apples hiding within the police force.

Most never get brought to book.

Time to shake the tree harder.
There are plenty of bad apples hiding within the police force. Most never get brought to book. Time to shake the tree harder. Sir Beachy Head
  • Score: -6

5:46pm Wed 14 May 14

Lord Parkstone says...

Talk about us and them. What a bunch of hypocrites.how can they uphold the law when they are so corrupt. Well known fact that the biggest thieves are in the police. He should have been locked up and sacked with loss of pension at the very least.
No wonder the police have lost any respect they once had.
Talk about us and them. What a bunch of hypocrites.how can they uphold the law when they are so corrupt. Well known fact that the biggest thieves are in the police. He should have been locked up and sacked with loss of pension at the very least. No wonder the police have lost any respect they once had. Lord Parkstone
  • Score: 1

7:34pm Wed 14 May 14

Peroni says...

Should have gone down....end off.
To abuse his position as a copper.......scum.
If it was me or any other member of the public abusing their power of their employment we would have gone down.
To get community work is a joke....and not even the maximum amount of hours, judge obviously thinks it's a lesser crime when done by a PC.
Not the last rotten apple....we got a whole orchard full here !!!
Should have gone down....end off. To abuse his position as a copper.......scum. If it was me or any other member of the public abusing their power of their employment we would have gone down. To get community work is a joke....and not even the maximum amount of hours, judge obviously thinks it's a lesser crime when done by a PC. Not the last rotten apple....we got a whole orchard full here !!! Peroni
  • Score: 4

7:53pm Wed 14 May 14

Marty Caine UKIP says...

I wonder why they are not publishing how much he stole ?
I wonder why they are not publishing how much he stole ? Marty Caine UKIP
  • Score: 8

1:17am Thu 15 May 14

mpdor says...

And why no picture, anyone else would have their pic plastered all over the pages pages normally
And why no picture, anyone else would have their pic plastered all over the pages pages normally mpdor
  • Score: 2

3:49pm Thu 15 May 14

scrumpyjack says...

The usual quick rush to accuse the police of one rule for us and another for them.

They couldn't sack him until he was found guilt, he was and they promptly did so.

But hey never waste an opportunity for crims like Peroni (and others) to get on their high horses.
The usual quick rush to accuse the police of one rule for us and another for them. They couldn't sack him until he was found guilt, he was and they promptly did so. But hey never waste an opportunity for crims like Peroni (and others) to get on their high horses. scrumpyjack
  • Score: 2

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