Former treasurer of lifeboat charity gets two years for boat-selling fraud

Roxanna Bridgland, 56, of Grimsby was found guilty of eight charges after taking £24,500 from the now defunct Cleethorpes Rescue Service, including selling online a boat owned by the charity

Hull Crown Court
Hull Crown Court

The former treasurer of a now defunct lifeboat charity has been sentenced to two years in prison after she sold on eBay a boat belonging to the charity.

Roxanna Bridgland, 56, from Grimsby, was found guilty of five counts of fraud by abuse of position and three counts of false accounting at Kingston-upon-Hull Crown Court on Friday.

She was treasurer of Cleethorpes Rescue Service, based in the Lincolnshire town, between 2007 and 2012.

Media reports say that Bridgland took £24,500 from the charity – including selling numerous items owned by the charity, including a £13,000 lifeboat sold online for £6,000 – which eventually caused its collapse.

The Charity Commission website shows the charity, which was set up in 1969 after the deaths of four people, has not submitted any accounts since the year to 31 March 2011.

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