Former charity fundraiser jailed for cheque fraud

Emma Critchley tried to steal £3,500 from Maggie's Cancer Caring Centres

Fundraiser jailed for cheque fraud
Fundraiser jailed for cheque fraud

A former fundraiser for Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres has been jailed for 12 months after attempting to steal £3,500 from the charity.

Emma Critchley, 36, altered a cheque made out to the charity, putting it in her name before attempting to deposit the funds into her personal bank account in October 2009.

She had been recruited by Maggie’s to raise funds for its new £3m centre in Nottingham, which is due to open this year at the City Hospital.

At the time of the offence, Critchley was on bail for the theft of £8,000 from East Titchfield Neighbourhood Management Team, a community group for which she volunteered.

Critchley was sentenced for both offences at Nottingham Crown Court last Friday.

Laura Lee, chief executive of Maggie’s, said in a statement: "In light of the investigation, Maggie’s re-evaluated its procedures and is confident it has rigorous and secure systems of banking its donations.

"During the formal audit in March, the auditors were happy with the procedures that Maggie’s has in place in its satellite areas."

A spokesman for Maggie’s declined to say how its procedures had changed.

Critchley was a high-profile fundraiser: she wrote a blog for a local newspaper about her fundraising efforts and, before leaving the charity, performed a sponsored skydive to raise funds for the new Maggie’s centre in Nottingham.

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