Women accused of £160,000 charity fraud bailed by court

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 have appeared before a judge charged with a catalogue of fraud and dishonesty offences from the running of a former Hartlepool charity.

Sarah Stead, Angela Wilcox and Carol Jeffries are accused of a string of alleged offences totalling £160,000 linked with the management of the Manor Residents’ Association.

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

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

They made their first appearance at Teesside Crown Court yesterday after being charged by police last month.

Prosecutor Paul Newcombe said: “The defendants are charged with an extensive series of dishonesty matters and forgeries.”

Wilcox, 52, of Minch Road, Hartlepool, is charged with conspiracy to steal from the residents’ association along with Jeffries and Stead, between June 1, 2011 and October 8, 2013.

She is also accused of false accounting of bank statements between July 13 and August 13 last year and furnishing false information relating to accounts on February 27 last year.

Sarah Louise Stead leaving Hartlepool Magistrates' Court.

Sarah Louise Stead leaving Hartlepool Magistrates' Court.

Wilcox also faces 11 counts of fraud by false representation, one of which relates to allegedly supplying false information to the Esmee Fairburn Foundation intending to make a gain for Manor Residents’ Association of £39,254, between November 22, 2012, and May 15 last year.

Ten of the counts totalling £117,000 also apply to Jeffries, 57, of Owton Manor Lane, and Stead, 27, of Berkely Avenue, both Hartlepool.

Stead and Jeffries also face one joint charge of fraud by false representation relating to a cheque presented to the Money Shop on November 28, 2012.

No pleas were entered during yesterday’s hearing.

They are due to do that at the next appearance which was set for Friday, March 27.

All three defendants were granted unconditional bail in the meantime.

Manor Residents’ Association, which was based in Kilmarnock Road, now no longer operates.

Wilcox, was a Labour councillor for the Manor House ward but stood down in July last year claiming the controversy surrounding the charity had a detrimental effect on her family.

The building now operates under new management as the Kilmarnock Road Children & Young People Family Resource Centre.