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Former RSPCA branch boss in court over accounting fraud

Wednesday 9th January, 2019

A former chairman of a RSPCA branch based in Shropshire has admitted stealing more than £180,000 from the charity.

He abused his trusted position to pocket £184,001.02 from the Shrewsbury branch of the animal welfare organisation.

The fraud took place during 2014 and 2017 when he transferred sums from the branch's bank account to his own personal account.

An RSPCA spokeswoman said: “RSPCA branches are run as separate charities and rely on the hard work and dedication of volunteers supported by generous animal lovers in the community."

“We are heartbroken that money which was donated to a branch to help animals has been taken in this way."

He pleaded guilty to one offence of fraud by abuse of position at Shrewsbury Crown Court.

The case was adjourned until later this month. He also may attend a proceeds of crime hearing to recover the money.