Former trustee jailed for stealing more than £120,000 from blind people's charity

Tyrone Pooley sentenced to 32 months for taking money from charity that has since closed

Tyrone Pooley
Tyrone Pooley

A former trustee has been sentenced to 32 months in prison after stealing more than £120,000 from a now defunct charity for the blind and providing misleading information to the Charity Commission.

Tyrone Pooley, 59, a former trustee of the Coventry-based Fund for the Blind and Partially Sighted, was convicted of stealing the money from the charity.

Pooley, who was charged with two counts of theft and one of supplying false or misleading information, pleaded guilty to all three charges last month.

He was sentenced at Leamington Crown Court on Friday.

The Charity Commission began an investigation into the charity in November 2010 after discovering evidence that Pooley had misappropriated funds and provided false and misleading information to the commission. The commission subsequently alerted the police.

The Fund for the Blind and Partially Sighted was removed from the official charity register by the Charity Commission on 28 November.

In a statement, Michelle Russell, head of investigations and enforcement at the Charity Commission, said: "Charity trustees have responsibilities to act in the best interests of the charity, and the theft of charitable funds is absolutely unacceptable. As a result of this conviction, Mr Pooley is disqualified from acting as trustee in the future."

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