Shame of Sheffield TA soldier’s fraud

Lt Col Angela Knock
Lt Col Angela Knock
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A senior Sheffield Territorial Army officer and NHS operating theatre sister is facing jail after admitting thousands of pounds of expenses fraud.

Lieutenant Colonel Angela Knock, aged 49, of Chapeltown, has pleaded guilty to charges of fraud and forgery.

Knock, a widowed mother of three grown-up sons, who served two tours of Iraq and three tours in Afghanistan, carried out the deception over several years.

She was originally accused of fraudulently obtaining almost £40,000 but the charges she has admitted relate to £8,000 of claims for gardening services at her home between 2009 and 2011.

Knock admitted 10 charges at a preliminary court martial hearing and has started repaying some of the money - although she is not due to be sentenced until October.

But despite the charges, which she must declare to the Nursing and Midwifery Council, she is understood to be still working in the NHS.

Knock is employed by an agency used by leading hospitals and mainly works at the Royal Hallamshire.

An Army spokeswoman said: “We can confirm that a serving soldier is scheduled to appear before a Court Martial in October charged with fraud and forgery.”

The Star understands Knock, who has served in the TA since 1983 falsified expenses during periods including when on tour.

Her most recent active service was as operating theatre boss at Camp Bastion hospital in 2011, when up to 16 people a day required surgery.

She ran the operating theatre at the facility, widely acknowledged as the best in the world.

Describing the changes faced by staff at the hospital, she said: “A lot of the guys who come in, such as the triple amputees who suffer severe blood loss, would never have made it to hospital in Britain.”

Knock, who was a member of Sheffield’s 212 Field Hospital TA regiment when she committed the fraud.

As well as possibly prison, Knock faces a dishonourable discharge from the TA and action by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.