Former accountant stole £500,000 from church and religious charity while working as a volunteer

| July 30, 2012

A former accountant is facing jail after he admitted stealing £500,000 from a church and a religious charity while working as a volunteer.

Stephen Methuen, 57, abused his position of trust while working as a treasurer for his local evangelical church and an international relief charity.

A court heard Methuen fiddled the accounts of Amblecote Christian Centre in Stourbridge, West Midlands, where he had been a member for 16 years as well as the Christian International Relief Mission over a six year period.

His dishonesty was only discovered when Adrian Lowe – the church’s senior pastor and a personal friend of Metheun – noticed irregularities while carrying out a financial assessment.

Police were called in and the subsequent investigation uncovered the extent of his Metheun’s massive fraud.

Methuen pleaded guilty to 12 charges of false accounting committed to disguise embezzlement while treasurer at both organisations at Wolverhampton Crown Court yesterday.

He also admitted a further four offences of cheating the revenue by submitting over-inflated Gift Aid repayment claims.

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