Former treasurer jailed for stealing more than £6,000 from charity

Michael Garner was sentenced at Chester Crown Court for stealing from the Cheadle and Gatley Round Table

Michael Garner
Michael Garner

The former treasurer of a local fundraising charity has been jailed for 20 months for stealing more than £6,000 from the organisation.

Michael Garner, 53, of Woodside, Stockport, Cheshire, was sentenced at Chester Crown Court on Friday after pleading guilty at an earlier hearing to five counts of theft from the Cheadle and Gatley Round Table.

He was given 20-month sentences for each theft, which will run concurrently.

Suspicions were raised in April 2012 when a review of the organisation’s finances showed discrepancies in the money raised from a bonfire event in November 2011.

Detective constable Chris Nield, from Greater Manchester Police, said Garner was guilty of a "devastating abuse of trust".

"Michael Garner stole in the region of £6,000 that was meant for local charities and good causes," said Nield.

"His actions not only defrauded the charity affected and those members of the public who donated generously, but also undermined the Round Table, an organisation of which the communities of Cheadle and Gatley should be proud."

A statement from the Cheadle and Gatley Round Table said: "Members of our Round Table give up lots of their own time to help the local community by organising events and reinvesting funds in local causes. We are incredibly disappointed that Mr Garner abused our trust in him and stole from our charity.

"We are registered with the Charity Commission and all our accounts are audited. Our vigilance picked up this theft and we would like to assure local people that any money we raise is monitored carefully and put to good use."

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