Former chief officer at North Shropshire Voluntary Action pleads guilty to fraud

Louise Stokes transferred more than £19,000 from charity funds to personal account

The former chief officer of North Shropshire Voluntary Action has admitted stealing more than £19,000 from the charity.

Louise Charlotte Stokes, from Whitchurch in Shropshire, pleaded guilty to two counts of fraud between 2007 and 2009 at Shrewsbury Crown Court yesterday.

The charity, which provided support to voluntary groups in the area, went into administration last year.

The charges relate to Stokes transferring money from the charity’s account to her own personal account. A spokeswoman for the court confirmed Stokes "pleaded guilty to both counts on her indictment".

The case has been adjourned for pre-sentence reports to be drawn up, which will consider the impact of Stokes’s actions on the charity.

A spokeswoman for the Charity Commission, which was contacted about the possible misappropriation of funds last year, said the commission was "currently considering what further action to take".

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