Former office manager of Yorkshire transport charity found guilty of fraud

Anne Yaman, 64, of Seaford in East Sussex has been sentenced to more than four years in prison for defrauding the Bentham Development Trust of £94,000

Anne Yaman
Anne Yaman

The former office manager of a community transport charity in North Yorkshire has been jailed for defrauding it of nearly £100,000.

Anne Yaman, 64, from Seaford, East Sussex, was sentenced this week at Bradford Crown Court to four years and four months in prison for her actions, which led to the closure of the Bentham Development Trust in March 2012.

She had earlier pleaded guilty to charges of fraud, false accounting, theft and perverting the course of justice.

The court found that Yaman stole £94,000 from the charity between 2009 and 2011.

She was arrested in November 2011 and charged the following month, North Yorkshire Police confirmed, but Yaman managed to repeatedly delay court proceedings by producing medical letters that later turned out to be false, the Daily Mail newspaper reported.

The main activity of the Bentham Development Trust, which was set up in 1995, was to run a community bus service from the rural town of Bentham. The charity, which employed about 15 people, went into liquidation on 30 March 2012.

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