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Finance officer jailed for £100k fraud at charity

Friday 1st July, 2022

A finance officer who stole £100,000 from her charity employer was sentence to 18-months, with six months of that in jail.

She abused her position of trust with Antrim Enterprise Agency between July 2013 to December 2019.

Judge Patrick Kinney said, there were multiple aggravating features to her offences, including the “clear breach of trust” that her “sophisticated” fraud was perpetrated against a charity over a protracted period. Reported in the Belfast Telegraph.

Antrim Enterprise Agency a registered charity reported the fraud to the police in December 2020.

Following an audit that had uncovered a series of unauthorised money transfers from the charity’s account to an unidentified Nationwide account, over the six years the transfers that amounted to £100,656.

On 3rd December, she emailed a charity board member to confess to the fraud, after she was approached by her employer the previous day.

In his sentencing remarks, Judge Kinney revealed that McLaughlin had “created and inputted debit descriptions on the Antrim Enterprise Agency Danske Bank account in an attempt to conceal the true details of the transfers” and also that she “created false invoices” to cover the paper trail which ultimately lead back to her.

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