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Con Woman Jailed

Posted by Neil on Tuesday, 07 October 2014 at 10:36:32

Filed under: Announcements, Sports, Crime

A con woman who stole £20,000 from Lymm children's football team has been jailed after trying to get job as teacher. A fraudster who ripped off a junior football team in Lymm has been jailed after forging a security check to try and get a job in education.

Sheryl Ingham - also known as Cheryl Lee - attempted to change a letter that alerted recruiters at a teaching agency in Leeds to a criminal conviction.

That conviction related to an appearance at Warrington Crown Court in September last year, when Ingham admitted stealing more than £21,969.55 from Lymm Piranhas Junior Football Club. As voluntary treasurer, the defendant paid 29 cheques from the club into her own bank account.

Ingham, then using the surname Lee, was given a prison sentence of 16 months, suspended for two years, by Judge Nicholas Woodward. Despite the conviction, Ingham, aged 39, of Suffield Road, Gildersome, tried to gain employment with Celsian Education, in May this year.

Subsequent checks by the Disclosure and Barring Service - formerly known as a CRB check - flagged up Ingham was subject to a suspended sentence. A certificate confirming the security alert was sent by the DBS to Ingham, who was obliged to present it to the prospective employer.

However, West Yorkshire Police confirmed she tried to doctor the certificate, and continued trying to gain a job working with children. The defendant eventually handed herself into police on July 4 after the forgery was discovered. Ms Ingham was jailed for 16 months at Leeds Crown Court on September 2, this year. She pleaded guilty to the use of a false instrument with intent to be accepted as genuine.

Article Courtesy of the Warrington Guardian.

Tags: jail, con, football

Lymm Piranhas Fraudster Spared Jail

Posted by Neil on Thursday, 19 September 2013 at 09:08:58

Filed under: Announcements, Sports, Crime

An Astley mother of two has been spared a jail term after stealing more than £20,000 from a junior football club.

Cheryl Lee, of Green Avenue, Astley, was given a 16-month sentence which was suspended for two years after she pleaded guilty to fraud at Warrington Crown Court on Monday. The court heard how the 37-year-old took advantage of her volunteer role as the treasurer of the Lymm Piranhas Junior Football Club, which coaches 15 teams and more than 200 players in Warrington.

Lee, who has no previous convictions, was appointed as treasurer of the club in September 2007 and was put in charge of the club’s cheque book and subs money.

Over a three year period, Lee paid in £21,969.55 into her own personal account and her now ex-husband’s account by forging the signatures of other club officials. A total of 29 cheques were found to have been forged by Lee with a further £1,200 in cash paid into the accounts.
 
It was only in October 2010 that the club became suspicious when an audit was carried out by the newly appointed club assistant. Prosecuting, Philip Clemo said: “When the audit took place it was evident that the books did not balance.
 
“A meeting was called on May 17, 2011, between club official and she said that ‘if any money was missing then she would give it back’”.
 
Lee later admitted the offence and has since voluntarily paid back £6,045 to the club.
 
Defending, John Banasko claims Lee intends to pay back every penny. The court heard how Lee took the money after her debt problem spiralled out of control and has since been declared bankrupt.
 
Judge Nicholas Woodward said it was clear that Lee was ‘genuinely remorseful’ and has acted ‘out of character: "You have done everything you can to try and put things right and rectify these mistakes. There will be people who are disgusted by what you did. However, you did not take the position to get access to the money.”
 
Barclays Bank, which currently holds the account for the club, has since paid back £15,000 to the Lymm Piranhas and Lee intends to pay the bank back in full. A spokesman for the football club said: “Like most community organisations the running of the club is put in the hands of trusted volunteers but our ability to do this has been put under considerable strain by this episode.
 
“We are pleased that the amounts owing to us have, in the main, been repaid and that justice has now been served. We would urge all community clubs to be vigilant in their recruitment policies.”
 
Article courtesy of Bolton News.
 
 

Tags: piranhas, fraud, jail

Police Still Hunting for Murder Suspect

Posted by Neil on Monday, 22 July 2013 at 11:20:49

Filed under: Announcements, Appeals for Information, Crime

Police are still hunting for a murder suspect 10 years after he went on the run. Lymm resident Chris Guest More Jr is one of the UK’s most wanted criminals after he fled to Spain following the shocking torture and murder of Brian Waters in June 2003.

Three men have been jailed for his murder but More remains at large. DS Andy Smith, of Cheshire Police’s major investigation team, said he is confident the fugitive will be found.

"The brutal murder of Brian Waters took place at his home near Knutsford over ten years ago,” he said. “The Cheshire Police investigation was extensive and led to the successful prosecution of three men who were ultimately sentenced to life imprisonment for murder. Our determination to find Christopher Guest More has not faltered over the last ten years and we remain committed to finding and arresting him for his alleged involvement in the brutal murder of Brian Waters. We will not close this case until the family of Brian Waters see justice done for the murder of their loved one and I am confident that with the ongoing efforts of law enforcement agencies, Christopher Guest More will be traced.”

Mr Waters, a father-of-two of Mainwaring Close, Stapeley, was tied to a beam, systematically beaten and tortured, with acid poured on him, at Burnt House Farm, near Knutsford. He suffered 123 injuries and 23 fractures, dying after blows from a metal bar ruptured his internal organs.

Gang members Otis Matthews of Stretford, Greater Manchester, James Stuart Raven, of Radcliffe, near Bolton, and 54-year-old John Wilson of Glossop, Derbyshire, were found guilty of his murder in December 2004. But More Jr, of Burford Lane, escaped 36 hours after the savage attack took place and has not been seen since.

Father Christoper More Sr was jailed for nine months in prison for assisting an offender in October 2004. He visited his son in Malaga with clothes, a new mobile phone and £2,500 in cash. Numerous appeals for information and reward offers have been made by investigators.

In October 2011, More Jr was put on the top ten most wanted list by Crimestoppers and the Serious Organised Crime Agency as part of Operation Captura. A spokesman for SOCA said the investigation remained open.

Article coutesy of This is Cheshire.

Tags: murder, suspect

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