Breadcrumbs

Team leader at debt charity stole more than £78,000 from clients

By Abi Rimmer, Third Sector Online, 25 April 2013

Simon Warner-Hodgkin

Simon Warner-Hodgkin

Simon Warner-Hodgkin is given a three-year prison term after being convicted of committing fraud while working for Christians Against Poverty

A man has been convicted of committing fraud worth more than £78,000 while working for the debt charity Christians Against Poverty.

Simon Warner-Hodgkin, also known as Simon Hemingford, joined the charity in 2008 as a team leader giving specialist advice in its insolvency department. Warner-Hodgkin had falsely told the charity he was a qualified financial adviser.

In 2009 and 2010, he defrauded £78,669 from clients of the charity who were going through bankruptcy by moving money intended for their creditors into his own account, a spokeswoman for Christians Against Poverty said.

Warner-Hodgkin was able to take the money because the charity works by taking control of its clients’ finances, she said.

He returned about £48,000 to the clients’ accounts, but kept £30,000 for himself, the spokeswoman added.

The fraud was discovered when an investigation was launched by the financial director of the charity in 2011. Warner-Hodgkin left the charity at about the same time as the investigation was launched, the charity spokeswoman said.

Warner-Hodgkin was sentenced to three years' imprisonment at Bradford Crown Court on Tuesday. He was also ordered to pay £2,504.88 to the charity in compensation.

In a statement, Christians Against Poverty said: "We are satisfied that justice has been done and we can finally see an end to this matter. We’d like to thank the investigating team, who did a fantastic job with a complicated case."

Related Articles

Before commenting please read our rules for commenting on articles.

If you see a comment you find offensive, you can flag it as inappropriate. In the top right-hand corner of an individual comment, you will see 'flag as inappropriate'. Clicking this prompts us to review the comment. For further information see our rules for commenting on articles.

comments powered by Disqus

Additional Information

Latest jobs Jobs web feed


 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Events

90 per cent funded training for third sector: Collaborative Leadership Programme

  • Date: Thu 13 Mar 2014 - Fri 16 May 2014
  • Venue: Leeds

Lies, damned lies, and statistics: what should you really be measuring?

  • Date: Wed 23 Apr 2014 - Wed 23 Apr 2014
  • Venue: Westminster

People power

  • Date: Wed 30 Apr 2014 - Wed 30 Apr 2014
  • Venue: London

Third Sector Insight