Woman who stole £100,000 from charity jailed

Former manager of a Coventry charity sentenced to three years for obtaining property by deception

A woman who stole £100,000 from a charity that worked to support African and African-Caribbean women in Coventry has been jailed for three years.

Cavelle Lynch, 40, was sentenced last week for obtaining property by deception, a spokeswoman for Coventry Crown Court confirmed.

Lynch forged cheques totalling £100,000 during her time as manager of the now defunct Osaba Family Centre, in the Hillfields area of the city.

Mark Hayles, strategy development consultant for the Enriched Life Centre, which has taken over the work of the charity, said the Osaba centre had been seriously affected by the fraud and that three posts were made redundant as a result of the theft.

"The charity suffered in that its community services had to be curtailed and job cuts were made," he said.

After the charity closed, said Hayles, members of the community called for its recovery and the Church of God of Prophecy, a faith-based organisation in Coventry, raised £240,000 to save the building from which it operated.

"The charity lost its core funding from Coventry City Council," said Hayles. "However, through the development of our new organisation, the Enriched Life Centre, we hope to regain this."

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