By POPPY DANBY FOR MAILONLINE
PUBLISHED: 07:21 EST, 20 March 2016
Princes Harry and William helped out on BBC One's DIY SOS last October as they worked to build homes for ex-servicemen
Serviceman went AWOL for two years but never deployed to AfghanistanAn ex-soldier who lied about fighting in Afghanistan tricked a charity into giving him a home on the veteran's street transformed by Princes William and Harry on DIY SOS. Aiden Giles, 27, claimed to be suffering from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after coming back from Afghanistan.
Charity says it is indicative of a greater problem amongst veterans in need
Giles is due to move out this week to a one-bed flat elsewhere
As a result, Giles played a part in the BBC programme, which was broadcast last October, and even moved in to a renovated house on the Manchester street.
Instead, defence sources revealed that when Giles's unit moved to the Hyde Park barracks in central London, he went absent without leave (AWOL) for two years.
It is suspected that he had gone to the Greek island of Zante, where his mother was living.
On top of this, during a spell in military custody he was released from the army but struggled to cope with civilian life and became homeless.
Giles's DIY SOS fraud was first exposed in December by The Walter Mitty Hunters Club.
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