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."