Former chief of Age UK South Tyneside jailed for seven years for £700k fraud

John Briers, 57, was found guilty at Newcastle Crown Court earlier this month

Newcastle Crown Court
Newcastle Crown Court

The former chief executive of Age UK South Tyneside has been jailed for seven years for fraud after taking more than £700,000 from the charity. 

John Briers, 57, of Gateshead, was sentenced yesterday at Newcastle Crown Court after being found guilty earlier this month of three counts of fraud by abuse of position.

The fraud was carried out by Briers at Age UK South Tyneside between 2007 and 2015.

Briers was suspended in August 2015 and the charity contacted the police as soon as the allegations came to light, a spokeswoman for the national body Age UK said last year.

The Charity Commission was also informed about the fraud in 2015 by means of a serious incident report, the regulator said.

The charity later closed and transferred its services to Age Concern Tyneside South on 31 August 2016 to safeguard the services for the people of South Tyneside, according to a statement on the Age UK website.

A spokeswoman for Age UK said: "We are glad that the case has concluded so that the focus locally can once again be on how best to meet the needs of older people in the area."

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