Manager of under-fire Hartlepool charity and daughter bailed by fraud squad detectives

Manor Residents Association Community Resource Centre, Kilmarnock Road
Manor Residents Association Community Resource Centre, Kilmarnock Road

THE manager of an under-fire charity and her daughter have been released on bail after they were arrested by fraud squad detectives.

Former councillor Angie Wilcox and her 26-year-old daughter Sarah Stead were arrested early on Tuesday morning on suspicion of conspiracy to steal and false accounting.

The arrests were made as part of Cleveland Police’s Economic Crime Unit’s investigation into “complaints of financial irregularities” at Manor Residents’ Association.

Police confirmed yesterday that Mrs Wilcox, 50, and her daughter weren’t charged with any offences and have both been released on bail.

As reported in yesterday’s Mail, the arrests were made less than a month after the fraud squad launched an investigation into the charity.

After an audit review by Hartlepool Borough Council, officials raised a number of “issues” and referred them to the police.

The review was carried out after concerns were raised about administrative procedures surrounding payroll, payslips, end of year records and under and over payment of tax letters and concluded “no assurances” could be given to the procedures in place at the Kilmarnock Road-based charity to manage council funds.

The charity also lost four employment tribunal cases, all at Teesside Magistrates’ Court, against former and current employees.