Disgraced Royal Navy officer from Bognor Regis has MBE stripped off him by the Queen after stealing stepson’s inheritance

A naval officer and former EU ‘ambassador of the sea’ has been stripped of a top royal honour for stealing almost £60,000 of his stepson’s inheritance.

Iain Shepherd, of Aldwick Road, Bognor, has had his MBE status revoked after being jailed for fraud last year.

The 66-year-old retired Lieutenant Commander had received the honour from Prince William during a prestigious ceremony at Buckingham Palace in 2015.

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But a notice in The Gazette announced the Queen had approved the decision for the Falkland veteran to have his honour ‘cancelled and annulled’ and his 
name ‘erased from the register’.

Iain Shepherd pictured with his former wife Mary

His former wife Mary Shepherd, of Whyke Road, Chichester, had campaigned for the disgraced naval officer to be stripped of the award.

Reacting to the Queen’s decision, she said: “I’m absolutely delighted his MBE has been taken away. He should never have been awarded it because he was an undeclared bankrupt, a liar and a cheat.”

As previously reported, Shepherd was convicted at Portsmouth Crown Court for siphoning £58,895.78 from his stepson, Joshua Powell’s inheritance.

The ‘devious’ scheme first began in December 2006 when Joshua, who has learning disabilities, was just 10. Shepherd had been bankrupt when he took charge of Joshua’s money – £83,255.82 in all.

The fraudster, who advised the European Commission on the continent’s maritime strategy, forged his wife’s signature to set up a secret bank account in a desperate bid to secure cash.

Over a period of three years Shepherd pocketed Joshua’s inheritance, which he was given after the death of his father, Stephen Powell – who was a ‘close friend’ of Shepherd’s in the navy.

The sailor’s scam was only exposed a decade later by his wife, Mary Shepherd, after she became suspicious.

The veteran, who was in the navy for 21 years, pleaded guilty to fraud during a hearing at Portsmouth Crown Court last year.

Shepherd is currently finishing his three years and eight months jail sentence at Ford Open Prison.

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