Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Bogus Veteran Faces PS10,000 Bill after Lies Are Exposed; Charity Employee Conjured Up a Fictitious Consultant to Back Up His Claims

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Bogus Veteran Faces PS10,000 Bill after Lies Are Exposed; Charity Employee Conjured Up a Fictitious Consultant to Back Up His Claims

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Byline: Dan Warburton Chief Reporter ? 0191 201 6276 ? dan.warburton@ncjmedia.co.uk

AMAN who was sacked following claims he lied about having cancer and invented a long RAF career has been left with a PS10,000 legal bill.

George Maccoy claimed to have completed 25 years in the air force, but documentation suggested he had only done 16 days before buying himself out without completing his basic training.

He also said he had testicular cancer and forged letters from an imaginary consultant to justify taking time off work for fictitious hospital appointments, the tribunal heard.

Mr Maccoy claimed unfair dismissal by the Corporation of Trinity House, a 500-year-old charity based in historic buildings on Newcastle's Quayside.

But his case was withdrawn and the tribunal was shown paperwork stating the 60-year-old served just 16 days in the RAF in 1979 without having completed his basic training.

The charity had sacked the grandfather for nine counts of gross misconduct which included running-up up a "considerable bill" by calling a dating agency on the handyman's phone, the tribunal was told.

Mr Maccoy claimed he had been unfairly dismissed when the breakdown of a relationship triggered an episode of post-traumatic stress disorder which his managers failed to deal with.

But in a rare move by the tribunal panel, Mr Maccoy was ordered to pay PS10,000 in costs after a second claim for disability discrimination was withdrawn in June this year.

Mr Maccoy, who is originally from South Shields but now lives in Front Street, Sacriston, County Durham, declined to comment when approached by The Journal.

A spokeswoman for Trinity House said: "The Newcastle Trinity House is pleased with the outcome of this employment tribunal which makes clear that all Mr Maccoy's claims were completely untrue.

"We are, however, both deeply shocked and saddened that Mr Maccoy invented a past history with the RAF and moreover that he chose to fabricate post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of combat experience.

"We feel such deception is not only disturbing but also demeaning to all those genuine victims from our armed forces."

Mr Maccoy was employed by the Newcastle-based Master, Pilots and Seamen of the Corporation of Trinity House, where he worked as a "meeter and greeter" at the charity's functions, welcoming VIPs and crew who had sailed into the River Tyne to dock.

But the organisation, which helps support poor mariners as well as examining and licensing deep sea shipping pilots, dismissed him in May last year after he used a work printer to write letters from medical experts in which he lied about suffering from testicular cancer, the tribunal was told.

He lost his PS8-an-hour job after colleagues discovered the forged letter from fictitious consultant oncologist Simon Carter, a character created by Mr Maccoy to justify taking time off work to attend appointments, it was said. …

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