Convicted York fraudster fined
3:40pm 25th April 2012
(Updated 3:55pm 25th April 2012)
A convicted fraudster from York has been ordered to repay thousands of pounds of criminally obtained cash.
Howard Rose, 63, from The Village, Earswick, York was ordered to pay £77,107.07 under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) at York Crown Court on Tuesday 24th April 2012.
The confiscation order follows Rose’s conviction and sentencing in October 2011, when he pleaded guilty to stealing £76,040 from the Yorkshire Children’s Hospital Trust.
Rose has to comply with the order within six months or face an additional 21-month prison sentence. Under the terms of the POCA, if he does serve a prison sentence Rose will still have to comply with the order and pay the money.
Detective Inspector Ian Wills, of the force’s Financial Investigation Unit, said:
“I am very pleased with the confiscation order given by the court.
“It sends the clear message that anyone who commits fraud will not benefit from their crimes.
“When they are caught, offenders will not only have to face the prospect of serving a prison sentence, but will have any money they have obtained through their crimes confiscated.”
The offences were committed between 1st June 2007 and 31st May 2010, when Rose was working as the administrator for the Yorkshire Children’s Hospital Trust.
PICTURED: Howard Rose
BACKGROUND INFORMATION TO THE CONVICTION
A heartless fraudster has been jailed for stealing thousands of pounds from a children’s charity.
Howard Rose, 63, of The Village, Earswick, York, was sentenced to 15 months’ imprisonment at York Crown Court (6th October 2011) after pleading guilty to stealing £76,040 from the Yorkshire Children’s Hospital Trust.
Rose, in his role as the Trust’s administrator, diverted funds which charities had donated to the Trust to his personal bank account using false invoices.
He used headed paper bearing the charities’ logos to cover up his wrongdoing and used the money he stole to pay off his debts.
Rose’s crimes were uncovered after North Yorkshire Police were called in by the trustees.
Investigating officers discovered that Rose had been taking money out of the Trust’s funds for his own benefit for almost three years, between 1 June 2007 and 31 May 2010.
Detective Sergeant Garry Ridler, of North Yorkshire Police’s Major Fraud Team, condemned Rose’s deceitful actions.
“Howard Rose abused his role within the Trust for his own personal gain, without sparing a thought for the children he was supposed to be helping.
“He stole funds which people had donated for the care of sick children and for that he fully deserves the sentence he has been given.
“He now has time to reflect on the major breach of trust which he should be ashamed of, considering the length of time in which he had been taking what amounted to a substantial amount of money.
“Anyone who thinks they can get away with deception on this scale is mistaken. The police will thoroughly investigate and you will be brought to justice.”
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