Three women face £160k fraud charges linked to scandal-hit Hartlepool charity

Carol Jeffries outside of Hartlepool Magistrates Court. Picture by FRANK REID

Carol Jeffries outside of Hartlepool Magistrates Court. Picture by FRANK REID

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THREE women will appear before a judge facing fraud charges totalling £160,000 at a scandal-hit Hartlepool charity.

Angie Wilcox, Carol Jeffries and Sarah Louise Stead all appeared at Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court facing a string of fraud allegations linked with Manor Residents’ Association.

Sarah Louise Stead leaving Hartlepool Magistrates' Court.

Sarah Louise Stead leaving Hartlepool Magistrates' Court.

Wilcox, 52, Jeffries, 57, and Stead, 27, spoke only to confirm their names and did not enter any pleas to the charges.

Wilcox, of Minch Road, Hartlepool, is charged with conspiring to steal money from the residents’ association, along with Jeffries and Stead, between June 1, 2011, and

October 8, 2013, false accounting of association bank statements between July 13 last year and August 13 last year, and furnishing false information relating to accounts on February 27 last year.

Also, between November 1, 2012, and February last year, she is accused of 11 fraud by false representation charges.

Angela Wilcox outside of Hartlepool Magistrates Court. Picture by FRANK REID

Angela Wilcox outside of Hartlepool Magistrates Court. Picture by FRANK REID

One of the charges alleges that she supplied false information to the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation intending to make a gain, namely £39,254, for the Manor Residents’ Association between November 22, 2012, and May 15 last year.

The other 10 alleged frauds are jointly charged with Jeffries, of Owton Manor Lane, Hartlepool, and total more than £117,400.

Jeffries and Stead, of Berkeley Avenue, in Hartlepool, also face one joint charge of fraud by false representation to the Money Shop that a cheque presented for cash was drawn on an open account when in fact the account was closed, intending to make a gain, namely £3,450 on November 28, 2012.

Chairman of the magistrates’ bench Doreen Goode sent the case to be dealt with at Teesside Crown Court with the next appearance on December 10.

Angela Wilcox outside of Hartlepool Magistrates Court. Picture by FRANK REID

Angela Wilcox outside of Hartlepool Magistrates Court. Picture by FRANK REID

She released the trio on unconditonal bail until that time.

The charity, which was based in Kilmarnock Road, now no longer operates.

Wilcox, her daughter Stead, and Jeffries, were arrested after Cleveland Police’s Economic Crime Unit launched an investigation into complaints of financial irregularities.

It came after an audit review carried out by Hartlepool Borough Council had led to officials making a referral to the police.