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

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

Simon Warner-Hodgkin
Simon Warner-Hodgkin

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."

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