A children’s charity founder has been convicted of defrauding her organisation of at least £91,000 over several years and sentenced to 18 months in prison.
Jeanette Rose Stylianou, from Durham, founded Children and Parents Advisory Group in the ‘90s to offer after hours and holiday time clubs for special needs children.
The fraud took place over a three-year period between April 2007 and November 2010, with Stylianou forging her co-signatory’s signature on charity cheques that she paid directly into her personal account.
Police believe the figure stolen could rise to £137,000, including missing funds from a cash float.
Stylianou’s scheme came to light when her co-signatory discovered inconsistencies in the charity’s end of year accounts for 2010/11.
In addition to her custodial sentence, she has been ordered to pay £10,000 compensation in the next six months.
Detective Constable Keith Kimberley told North London Newspapers: “Stylianou held a position of trust and responsibility within the charity set up to provide much needed respite and relief for both families and children dealing with disabilities, but she broke that trust when she used the charity’s money to fund her personal lifestyle.”
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