Accountancy Daily reports that a police accountant has been given a jail sentence for stealing over £44,000 from Police Sports Fund UK, where he held the post of treasurer, in order to support a gambling habit.
Andrew Smart was given a 12-month suspended sentence and ordered to undertake 240 hours of unpaid work at Teesside Crown Court.
Smart was a senior accounting administrator with North Yorkshire Police. Between July 2016 and August 2017 he wrote himself 67 separate cheques to the value of £44,082 to fund his gambling addiction.
Thomas Neofytou from the Crown Prosecution Service said: ‘Smart committed a fundamental breach of the trust placed in him as a police employee. He stole a substantial sum of money from the police sports fund in order to sustain his gambling habit. The sentence he has received today underlines the fact that no one is above the law.’
The police fund helps organise sporting activities for more than 300,000 members across the country. The North Yorkshire branch has about 500 members who each pay a monthly subscription fee.
Branch chairman Richard Flint said: ‘We lost a significant amount of our savings as a result of this crime, although some of that has been paid back.
‘Since then we have changed our financial procedures so nothing like this can happen again.’0