League response to Guildford Crown Court verdict 07.09.12
Steve Taylor, an ex-employee at the League Against Cruel Sports appeared in Guildford Crown Court today after pleading guilty to an offence under section 2 of the Fraud Act 2006 on 27th July 2012.
Steve Taylor was sentenced to 16 months in prison, of which he will serve half.
Steve Taylor was dismissed last year from the League for gross misconduct following a disciplinary investigation concerning expenses claims.
Joe Duckworth, Chief Executive of the League Against Cruel Sports comments: “We are pleased that the Judge has taken the severity of this case seriously and that justice has been served. Today’s verdict sends a clear message to individuals working within the charity sector: that fraud is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.
“We were the unfortunate victims of a crime that was committed through a fundamental breach of trust. The League has dealt with the matter appropriately, in accordance with procedures and by working closely with The Police and The Charity Commission. We are doing all we can to recover the sum concerned.
“We would like to thank The Charity Commission, The Police and The Crown Prosecution Service for their help in dealing with this case.”