Trustee jailed for theft from blind charity

A former trustee of the 'Fund for the Blind and Partially Sighted' has been given a 32 month prison sentence after being found guilty of stealing £120,000 from the charity.

An investigation into the charity began in November 2010 when evidence emerged that trustee Tyrone Pooley had misappropriated funds and given misleading information to the Charity Commission. The charity was then removed from the official charity register on 28th November.

Mr Pooley, aged 59, pleased guilty to two counts of theft and one of supplying false or misleading information. He was sentenced by the court to 32 months in prison, and has been disqualified from acting as a trustee in the future. Head of Investigations and enforcement at the Charity Commission, Michelle Russell, described the theft as "absolutely unacceptable".

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