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Forensic accountants help uncover theft of charity money

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Howard RoseHoward Rose (c) BBC News

A sixty-three year old charity administrator is serving a fifteen month jail term after he admitted stealing more than seventy six thousand pounds from a children’s charity.

York Crown Court was told that forensic accountants working with police officers uncovered evidence that Howard Rose from The Village, Earswick had used false invoices to divert donations, intended for the Yorkshire Childrens’ Hospital Fund, to his personal bank account.

Police said that Rose used the money from the charity, which helps provide equipment for local paediatric services, to pay off his debts over a three-year period between June 2007 and May 2010.

Commenting on the sentence, Detective Sergeant Garry Ridler from the North Yorkshire Constabulary’s Major Fraud Team, said: "Howard Rose abused his role within the trust for his own personal gain, without sparing a thought for the children he was supposed to be helping." He added: "He fully deserves the sentence he has been given and now has time to reflect on the major breach of trust which he should be ashamed of."





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