he treasurer for a north London church who drained greater than £450,000 from the congregation and charity funds has been jailed for 3 years.
Craig McCulloch, 34, swindled St James Church in New Barnet out of greater than £130,000 over the course of 5 years when charged with managing the funds.
He additionally stole £287,000 from south London-based younger individual’s charity XLP and nearly £38,000 from the Oasis School of Increased Training in Kennington, additionally in south London, whereas he was working of their accounting departments.
The church vicar, Reverend Laura Jane Hewitt, stated the group has been left with a “sense of shock and betrayal of belief” on account of McCulloch’s fraud.
“We establish with the opposite charities who’ve been broken by Craig McCulloch’s actions”, she stated.
“Now that justice has been accomplished, we hope and pray that Craig himself will search to place his life proper and discover a recent begin.
“Regrettably, we’re unlikely to see restitution of the cash misplaced, however as we come to phrases with that, we’re nearer to one another than earlier than.”
McCulloch was jailed at Southwark crown court docket on Thursday for 3 years, after admitting 4 counts of fraud by abuse of place.
Metropolis of London Police stated he “squandered” a lot of the stolen cash on quick meals takeaways, eBay purchases and rental vehicles.
“McCulloch is likely one of the most devious people I’ve ever handled”, stated Detective Constable Mark Baker, from the Metropolis of London Police’s fraud workforce.
“He stole charity and church donations and used them for his personal private acquire. He offered a picture of somebody caring, concerned in his local people, main a Christian life-style, and being beneficiant together with his cash.
“His actions have left many individuals feeling shocked and deceived.
“The fraud he has dedicated has impacted the charities involved in numerous methods, with some struggling to fund essential providers they might usually present.
McCulloch used his entry to the financial institution accounts of the charities to make funds to himself, disguising them with related names to real suppliers.
He then amended the corporate information and accounting system to cowl his observe, the police stated.
He volunteered as treasurer of his native church between September 2013 and December 2018 and used his place to funnel cash out of the official checking account.
Revd Hewitt stated the church has now “strengthened our inner checks” and reported the fraud as a critical incident to the Charity Fee.
“I’m assured that previous classes have been learnt and look ahead to the following chapter for the church”, she stated.