Former chief executive of Birmingham Dogs Home and his wife admit £900,000 fraud

Simon Price, 53, and his wife, Alayna, 39, both of Marston Green in Solihull, pleaded guilty to charges of fraud by abuse of position

Simon Price (Photograph: PA)
Simon Price (Photograph: PA)

The former chief executive of Birmingham Dogs Home and his wife have admitted defrauding the charity of almost £900,000.

At a hearing at Birmingham Crown Court yesterday, Simon Price, 53, of Marston Green in Solihull, pleaded guilty to 10 counts of fraud by abuse of position.

He was charged by West Midlands Police with the offences in October this year.

His wife, Alayna, 39, also of Marston Green, pleaded guilty to five counts of fraud by abuse of position at the same court hearing. She also worked at the charity.

Police confirmed earlier this year that the offences took place between 2012 and 2016.

Price was asked to leave the charity last year after the fraud was uncovered.

According to the Charity Commission website, Birmingham Dogs Home had an income of £2.6m and spent £2.7m in the year to 31 December 2016.

In a statement, John Wheatley, chair of Birmingham Dogs Home, said: "We are aware that Simon Price and Alayna Warner have pleaded guilty at crown court, having been charged with a number of offences relating to missing funds from Birmingham Dogs Home.

"We understand they will return for sentencing in December and we will continue to support the authorities with any further investigations or requirements in the meantime."

Both will be sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court on 22 December.

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