Charity defrauded of almost £100k by Letchworth man

Two sentenced for jail terms after being convicted of robbery

Two sentenced for jail terms after being convicted of robbery - Credit: Archant

A former Labour councillor has admitted defrauding a charity of almost £100k and could now face jail.

Geoffrey Hammond, of Sollershott East in Letchworth GC, pleaded guilty to fraud by abuse of position at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, December 12.

The 50-year-old used his position as an executive officer of the Fellowship of St John Trust Association to extract £99,493.39 from the Christian charity’s accounts – which he has claimed to have used to pay off debts he had accrued.

Hammond, who resigned from his position as a councillor at Waltham Forest London Borough Council in November, has since taken steps to repay the money, however, only around £20,000 was ever credited to his bank accounts and it is not known what happened to the rest of the money.

Detective Constable Nikki Hubbard, of Westminster CID, said: “It is right that he should now face the consequences of his behaviour.”

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He will be sentenced at Southwark Crown Court on January 9, 2014.

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