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Finance manager avoids jail for fraud at two charities

Friday 10th July, 2020

A finance manager who stole from the two charities she worked for has narrowly avoided jail due to the Covid-19 crisis and has received unpaid community work.

During her employment at two west country charities Westcountry Rivers Trust and Exeter-based Libraries Unlimited she stole nearly £50,000.

She admitted five fraud charges at Exeter Crown Court and was ordered to carry out 210 hours of unpaid community work.

The frauds were carried out by altering bank details to enable unauthorised payments to be made.

Between July 2017 and May 2018, she stole sums of £1,908 and £1,663 from the Rivers Trust.

After a starting employment at Libraries Unlimited, she stole £4,688 in January 2019 and in March stole one payment of £12,178 and second of £26,659.

The judge quoted, "Having been unmasked the first time, you went on to repeat your behaviour with the second organisation. It had a considerable effect on both charities which went beyond the financial loss." The BBC reported.

A Proceeds of Crime Act investigation to recover the money is also under way.

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