York magistrates heard that some of the stolen money had not been accounted for, partly because the charity, which had an income of just over £5,000 in 2003/04, had closed earlier this year for unrelated reasons. However, a spokeswoman for the Charity Commission said the regulator was unaware of the closure.
Wilson’s solicitor told the court that she had faced “distressing circumstances”. The 39-year-old will be sentenced later this month.
A year ago the Women’s Resource Centre warned that up to 18,000 women’s groups, including many rape crisis centres, could close by 2009 because of financial problems.
A spokeswoman confirmed that the umbrella body’s prognosis had not changed.