Cop invented fake girlfriend with cancer and faked her death to get time off

A British police officer invented a fake girlfriend, and gave her a fake terminal cancer diagnosis and fake death before asking for time off for her fake funeral, a tribunal heard.

Sick student officer Harry Sarkar resigned before he could be held accountable for his lies and sacked for his 'odius' gross misconduct, a chief constable said.

Sarkar, who was a constable with West Midlands Police, "maintained a detailed tissue of lies to colleagues and supervisors about a fake girlfriend, her fake illness, her fake death, and subsequent fake funeral", the force said.

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Sarkar reigned before his misconduct hearing today (Thursday 11) which would have seen him dismissed without notice had he still been on the payroll.

BirminghamLive reports that Sarkar declined to show up for the 13-minute hearing.

Force professional standards said Sarkar's sympathetic bosses signed off "sick leave" and other benefits after relying on his lies.

Sarkar received three days' bereavement leave and benefited from more flexible working hours than his colleagues, it is understood.

Detective Chief Inspector Az Ahmed told the hearing the officer quit in March. The offending took place between October 2020 and June 2021, with Sir David saying the officer's behaviour undermined the standards of honesty and integrity, which are "fundamental requirements for a police officer".

The chief constable said: "This case concerns a protracted period, with the officer creating a fictional relationship where the other party was suffering from cancer and died.

"This enabled supervisors to allow enhanced flexibility in his working. These 'truths' were repeated and developed over a sustained period of time."

He added: "While this case is not one that has compromised an investigation or involves the officer using powers in bad faith, it is more than a small irregularity.

"Given it concerns a lie about the serious illness or death of a partner, (and) was perpetuated for a considerable period to the team, and special allowances were created, it raises worrying character traits for the officer.

"The public would not expect this from an officer and will be concerned over the obvious odious nature of such a misrepresentation.

"I also feel there are aggravating factors. This was a regular repeated behaviour over a substantial period of time. It was a significant abuse of trust with colleagues and supervisors. There's no obvious mitigation or reason to excuse this behaviour."

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