A former firearms officer accused of a benefits swindle is due in court today.
Vaughan Dodds – who once served on Tony Blair’s protection unit – is listed to appear at Durham Crown Court later.
The 43-year-old, formerly of Durham Police, is accused of fraudulently claiming £61,000 in benefits.
Dodds, who lives in Langley Moor, County Durham, was charged at previous hearings with making false statements to dishonestly claim income support, disability living allowance and council tax benefit.
Dodds was a serving police officer with Durham Constabulary during the time he is accused of staging the five-figure dishonesty, it is claimed.
It is understood that, during his 14-year career, he was a member of the armed protection team based at Myrobella House, in Trimdon, County Durham. Dodds is thought to have started his career with Durham Constabulary in December 1993 and left the force in December 2007.
For a 10-month period in 1998, he worked at Myrobella House between February and November.
It is thought his time in the post coincided with a visit by French ex-prime minister Lionel Jospin in 1998.