Monday 23rd April, 2018
Three former senior managers have been sentenced in connection with a £300,000 fraud which devastated a Sunderland charity providing assistance to the unemployed.
The charity’s former chief executive along with two members of her management team were each sentenced for their part in a fraud.
Between July 2014 and December 2015 they created large numbers of fictitious clients for which they could then invoice funding providers including, Sunderland College and Springboard.
Joanne Mounter and Paula Bolan were both sentenced to four years and four months at Newcastle Crown Court, while Kym Norman received a term of two years and eight months.
Lynsey Colling of the CPS said: “At the time of these offences, each of these defendants held trusted positions within a respected organisation providing vital assistance to those seeking employment. They exploited that trust for their own personal gain, with no thought to the consequences of their selfish actions.
“Once their fraud came to light, the reputation of the Team Wearside was irreparably tarnished. The victims of this fraud, Sunderland College and Springboard, were left with little choice but to cease working with the organisation.”
"The effects of this fraud on Team Wearside were devastating, leading to the loss of over 40 jobs and the now imminent closure of the charity."