Man in court to face allegations of fraud against a Rotary club

Stephen Kenneth Bellamy

Stephen Kenneth Bellamy

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A man accused of stealing thousands of pounds from a Rotary club while he was treasurer has appeared in court.

Stephen Kenneth Bellamy, 61, of Wildacre Road, Rushden, is charged with committing fraud and abusing his position as treasurer of a Rotary club.

Bellamy appeared before Wellingborough Magistrates Court to hear his case be adjourned to Northampton Crown Court.

No plea has yet been entered and the offences are deemed to be too serious to be dealt with at the magistrates court and will only be formally put to him when he appears before the Crown court.

It is alleged that between November 2010 and April 2012 at Wellingborough he committed fraud while treasurer of Rotary Club District 1070, he dishonestly abused that position by intending to make a gain of £57,279.07 for himself. It is also alleged that between December 2011 and February 2012 at Wellingborough while treasurer of Rotary Club District 1070, he dishonestly abused that position by facilitating the removal of £10,000 of funds from the club’s accounts. And it is also alleged that between November 2010 and April 2012 at Wellingborough he dishonestly falsified the quarterly Rotary Club District 1070 income and expenditure balance sheet.

Bellamy spoke only to confirm his name and age, and his address. He was granted unconditional bail by Magistrate Surendra Wanza, chairman of the bench, to appear before Northampton Crown Court on January 7, 2013.