Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Marston Green man faces prison over charity fraud

A FORMER charity boss from Marston Green has been warned he faces jail after admitting his part in defrauding Birmingham Dogs Home of hundreds of thousands of pounds.
Simon Price, 53, of Somerton Drive, has pleaded guilty to 10 counts of fraud by abuse of position, dating from his stint as the charity's chief executive.
His former partner Alayna Price, 39, who had been the home's commercial manager, admitted five counts of the same charge.
Today (Wednesday) the pair were warned by a judge at Birmingham Crown Court that they should expect custodial sentences for their actions - which saw huge sums of money defrauded over the course of four years.
It's understood that the financial irregularities came to light last year, with the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) confirming that they would press charges last month.
Judge Avik Mukherjee acknowledged that the estranged couple - who have since separated - were of previous good character, but said they nonetheless faced severe punishments.
"For my part, I can't see an alternative end to this case other than significant custody for both of you," he said.
The Dogs Home was founded in the late 1800s and was based in Birmingham city centre for well over a century. Two years ago, a new purpose-built facility opened near the village of Catherine-de-Barnes, Solihull.

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