A charity administrator was last week jailed for 15 months for stealing £76,000 from the Yorkshire Children’s Hospital Fund.
Howard Rose, 63, of Earswick in York, pleaded guilty to theft at York Crown Court.
Police had been called in by trustees of the fund, which has an annual turnover of £31,000, and found that Rose had been taking money from the charity between 1 June 2007 and 31 May 2010, diverting it to his own account using false invoices.
Garry Ridler, a detective sergeant at North Yorkshire Police’s major fraud team, said: "Rose abused his role within the trust for his own personal gain, without sparing a thought for the children he was supposed to be helping.
"Anyone who thinks they can get away with deception on this scale is mistaken. The police will thoroughly investigate and you will be brought to justice."