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Manager stole money from charity to pay towards house

Friday 9th October, 2020

A manager defrauded the charity he worked for of more than £73,000 to pay towards a house he was buying.

He was employed by community-based charity The Renewal Trust and Hungerhill Trading Limited between 18 August 2015 and 21 December 2018.

The charity supports people by offering a number of young people's programmes, community initiatives, sports programmes and employability assistance.

In the trusted position of property manager, he transferred money from the trust to pay fraudulent invoices, with the funds going into his own bank account.

He used the money he’d fraudulently gained to pay a deposit on a house he was buying in Derbyshire.

He was jailed for two years at Nottingham Crown Court after pleading guilty to a charge of fraud by abuse of position.

Detective Sergeant Anna Haynes, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “This was a significant amount of money for the charity which Pickering stole for his own selfish gain. He was a trusted member of staff but he abused and exploited his position.”

A spokesperson for The Renewal Trust said: “This was a shocking matter for us and we are glad to see justice has been served.

“While we believe this was an isolated incident, we have worked closely with our auditors and undertaken a review of internal financial processing to help safeguard the charity for the future and are working towards recuperating the funds taken.”

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