Rotary treasurer who stole club cash sells house to pay it back

Stephen Kenneth Bellamy
Stephen Kenneth Bellamy

A former rotary club 
treasurer had to sell his house to pay back the thousands of pounds he stole from the

Stephen Kenneth Bellamy, 61, of Wildacre Road, Rushden, admitted committing fraud and abusing his position as treasurer of a rotary club.

He admitted three charges when he appeared in front of a judge at Northampton Crown Court on Wednesday.

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.

Bellamy spoke only to confirm his name, age and his address. He was carrying a small suitcase as he entered the court room.

His barrister Matthew Kirk asked for the case to be adjourned for a week. He told the court Bellamy had recently sold his home in order to pay back the stolen cash.

Mr Kirk said: “In November he sold his home in order to have the funds to pay. I see a week in order for the payment to be made.”

Bellamy was released on bail to appear again before the crown court on Wednesday, January 16.