Geoff Hammond was arrested in September after allegations of charity fraud

Ex-Labour councillor who stole nearly £100k from Christian charity to be sentenced

Ex-Labour councillor who stole nearly £100k from Christian charity to be sentenced

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An ex-Labour councillor who admitted stealing nearly £100,000 from a charity is due to be sentenced today.

Between May 29 2012 and August last year Geoff Hammond, 50, was executive officer of The Fellowship of St John Trust Association.

He committed fraud through abuse of position at the charity and stole £99,493.

Hammond, of Sollershott East in Letchworth Garden City, Hertfordshire, will appear at Southwark Crown Court later today.

He had represented the Higham Hill ward since May 2010 but stood down in November after an investigation was launched.

The Fellowship of St John Trust Association runs educational projects in the UK and abroad.

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12:12pm Thu 9 Jan 14

fabster says...

How will the money be recouped for the charity? Can the £100k be traced back to when he bought his new property when he moved out of Walthamstow, for example?
How will the money be recouped for the charity? Can the £100k be traced back to when he bought his new property when he moved out of Walthamstow, for example? fabster
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2:02pm Thu 9 Jan 14

karenogil76 says...

Sadly I doubt he is the only corrupt councillor in Walthamstow.
Sadly I doubt he is the only corrupt councillor in Walthamstow. karenogil76
  • Score: 7

4:02pm Thu 9 Jan 14

Helen, Walthamstow says...

fabster wrote:
How will the money be recouped for the charity? Can the £100k be traced back to when he bought his new property when he moved out of Walthamstow, for example?
According to reports on this website, he has already paid back the money plus costs incurred by the loss.

So that's something.
[quote][p][bold]fabster[/bold] wrote: How will the money be recouped for the charity? Can the £100k be traced back to when he bought his new property when he moved out of Walthamstow, for example?[/p][/quote]According to reports on this website, he has already paid back the money plus costs incurred by the loss. So that's something. Helen, Walthamstow
  • Score: 3

4:16pm Thu 9 Jan 14

UKIP-local says...

And yet:

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Surely others were culpable of neglect or breach of trust for not ensuring effective controls and systems to prevent this or to detect it quicker.
And yet: http://blogs.telegra ph.co.uk/news/petero borne/100253442/time -for-the-labour-part y-to-realise-that-de nis-macshane-was-a-c riminal-not-a-victim / Surely others were culpable of neglect or breach of trust for not ensuring effective controls and systems to prevent this or to detect it quicker. UKIP-local
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4:49pm Thu 9 Jan 14

mdj says...

He has now been sentenced. Check out: 'Councillor jailed for £100k charity fraud
Guardian Series
Geoff Hammond admitted stealing from his employer.'

A very mild sentence, in my opinion. I wonder whether he will be 'Named and Shamed' in Waltham Forest News?
He has now been sentenced. Check out: 'Councillor jailed for £100k charity fraud Guardian Series Geoff Hammond admitted stealing from his employer.' A very mild sentence, in my opinion. I wonder whether he will be 'Named and Shamed' in Waltham Forest News? mdj
  • Score: 3

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