Police reveal former Hartlepool charity boss faces further eight counts of fraud

COURT DATE: Angie Wilcox
COURT DATE: Angie Wilcox

POLICE investigating a scandal-hit charity have today revealed further charges against its former boss.

Angie Wilcox found herself at the centre of an investigation over various allegations of wrongdoing while in charge at the now defunct Manor Residents’ Association, based in Kilmarnock Road, Hartlepool.

The Mail reported yesterday how she was due to appear at court in November charged with conspiracy to steal, two counts of false accounting and three counts of fraud.

But officers have revealed she has been charge with another eight counts of fraud bringing the total to 11.

A former member of staff from the charity, a 57-year-old woman, has also had an increase in fraud charges from three to 11, as well as the alleged offence of conspiracy to steal.

A 27-year-old woman, who the Mail understands is Mrs Wilcox’s daughter, has been charged with conspiracy to steal and fraud, as previously reported,

Mrs Wilcox, and her daughter Sarah Stead, were arrested in an early-morning swoop at the charity’s base on October 9 last year.

Their arrests came less than a month 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.

A spokeswoman for Cleveland Police said: “Officers investigating allegations of financial irregularities at Manor Residents’ Association in Hartlepool have charged a 52-year-old woman with conspiracy to steal, two counts of false accounting and eleven counts of fraud.

“A 27-year-old woman has been charged with conspiracy to steal and fraud.

“A 57-year-old woman has been summoned to court for conspiracy to steal and eleven counts of fraud. They are due to appear in court in November.”

The audit review into MRA came after concerns were raised about administrative procedures surrounding payroll, payslips, end of year records and under and over payment of tax letters.

Mrs Wilcox, who was a Labour councillor for the Manor House ward at the time of the investigation, stood down from her role at the Civic Centre in July last year claiming the controversy surrounding MRA had a “detrimental” effect on her family.