Former chief of NI animal charity appears in court on fraud charges

Stephen Philpott, 53, of Newry, faces two counts of fraud and charges of possessing and concealing criminal property

The former chief executive of the Ulster Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has appeared in court on fraud charges.

Stephen Philpott, 53, of Ashgrove Road, Newry in Northern Ireland, appeared at Newry Magistrates’ Court yesterday charged with two counts of fraud by abuse of position and one of conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation.

He has also been charged with possessing criminal property and concealing criminal property.

He was remanded on the same bail conditions as before the hearing – his own bail of £250.

But the District Judge imposed a condition on the bail – Philpott must not see, speak to or otherwise contact directly or indirectly, any USPCA employee, past or present.

The case is due to be heard again on 16 November and will remain at Newry Magistrates’ Court.

Philpott was chief executive of the USPCA until July this year.

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