A Rotary club treasurer who stole £57,000 from the organisation to pay off business debts has been spared a jail sentence.
Stephen Kenneth Bellamy, 61, of Wildacre Road, Rushden, previously admitted committing fraud and abusing his position as treasurer of a rotary club. On Wednesday, January 16, he was sentenced to 16 months in jail susended for two years and was ordered to do 190 hours of unpaid work in the community. He was also ordered to pay costs of £580.
The court was told that between November 2010 and April 2012 at Wellingborough, he committed fraud while performing the role of treasurer of Rotary Club District 1070.
He admitted dishonestly abusing that position by intending to make a gain of £57,279.07 for himself.
Between December 2011 and February 2012 at Wellingborough while treasurer of Rotary Club District 1070, he also abused that position by facilitating the removal of £10,000 of funds from the club’s accounts.
And between November 2010 and April 2012 at Wellingborough he dishonestly falsified the quarterly Rotary Club District 1070 income and expenditure balance sheet.
Prosecuting, Jenna Allen said Bellamy was elected to the Rotary club as treasurer for the years 2010-11 and 2011-12 and that suspicions were aroused when he failed to file the group’s accounts. She said he also forged signatures when filing accounts with the national body.
His barrister Matthew Kirk said: “He paid the money back in full. In order to do that he has sold his family home. He’s supported by his family and extended family today but these matters and the collapse of his business and the loss of the family home have had an effect on the family.”
Sentencing Bellamy, Judge Rupert Mayo said: Trust was placed in you by the Rotary club to guard their funds - you did quite the opposite of that. You used the money to settle your own debts.”