Court finds trustee guilty of lying after probe into finances

A man has been sentenced to 160 hours of community service after becoming the first trustee to be convicted for lying.

Richard Culverhouse failed to inform the Charity Commission of an unspent criminal record when he became a founding trustee of Wessex Welfare Bureau in 2000. It is illegal for anyone with an unspent conviction for dishonesty or theft to serve as a trustee.

Following a police investigation, Culverhouse appeared before Bristol Magistrates Court last week. The court heard how the welfare bureau, set up to provide accommodation for vulnerable people in the Bristol area, was wound up after the inquiry uncovered evidence of financial irregularities.

Culverhouse was convicted of both acting as a trustee while disqualified and for lying to the Commission.

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