Woman handed prison sentence after defrauding £120,000 from West Norfolk charity
A woman has been sentenced to more than two years in prison after defrauding a charity of £120,000 over a period of seven years.
Emma Greeno, aged 44 and of Westfields, Narborough, was sentenced at Norwich Crown Court last week (Thursday, September 3) after pleading guilty to fraud by abuse of position at an earlier hearing.
The court heard how Greeno, who worked as a clerk for the Pentney Charity Trust in Lynn, abused her position and responsibilities within the charity to withdraw a number of payments between 2011 and 2018, from the charity’s bank account.
On July 19 2018 a trustee of Pentney Charity Trust was contacted by the Charities Official Investment Fund (COIF) regarding an application to withdraw a sum of money from the Pentney Charity Fund.
The trustee questioned the application with the COIF, stating that payments should never be withdrawn from the account. Following further suspicions after the charities bank statement was reviewed, Greeno was contacted by the trustee and asked for an explanation. Greeno stated that the application was likely to be an error and claimed to have filled in the wrong form.
On September 5 2018 Greeno requested a meeting with the trustee and disclosed that she had used the charitie's fund to withdraw approximately £60,000 over a period of three years. She initially claimed to have been blackmailed.
The matter was referred to Norfolk Police and following extensive enquiries Greeno was arrested at her home address on September 26 2018. She was later charged with fraud by abuse of position.
Greeno was sentenced to a total of two years and six months in prison at Norwich Crown Court.
DC Andy Flitney said: "I am pleased with this sentence as it reflects the seriousness of Greeno’s crimes and is a positive end to an extensive investigation.
"Greeno used her position within the charity to continually take money from those who needed it the most. I would like to extend my thanks to Pentney Charity Trust for supporting the investigation throughout."
A Pentney Charity spokesperson said: "The Trustees of The Pentney Charity have journeyed through a difficult 20 months since the discovery of the financial irregularities occasioned by the action of the then Clerk to the Charity.
"We are most grateful to the Norfolk Police Service and the Financial Ombudsman for all their time and assistance in bringing this case before the courts.
"The charity has been able to carry on its day to day work in supporting those in need in the village of Pentney and although certain projects within the village had to wait for the support the Charity had promised these have now all been honoured.”