Ex-police officer sent to prison for stealing from charity

Former committee member of Child Victims of Crime embezzled £26,000

Southwark Crown Court
Southwark Crown Court

A former police officer has been sentenced to nine months in jail for stealing £26,000 from a charity she helped to run.

Louise Ord, 43, was sentenced for one count of fraud by abuse of position at Southwark Crown Court on Friday. The former police constable for the City of London Police had been on the committee of the charity Child Victims of Crime, which supports children who have suffered because of a criminal offence, since 2002.

A spokesman for the City of London police said Ord was arrested in April 2009 on suspicion of theft from the charity. He said she was charged in February 2010 and dismissed by the police in the same month "following a misconduct hearing".

Ord pleaded guilty to one count of fraud by abuse of position. The court heard that she stole £26,000 from the charity between November 2007 and December 2008.

The spokesman said that Child Victims of Crime was "a charity the force continues to support".

Rupert Pardoe, defending, told Third Sector Ord had  raised money for the charity for five years before the takings started.

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