Thieving church treasurer told to pay money back

| November 24, 2009

A CHURCH treasurer has been ordered to pay back almost two-thirds of more than £150,000 he stole by forging the signatures of trustees.

Colin Cooksey, 61, formerly of Willow Brean, Meath Green, was jailed for two years on July 17 after admitting siphoning the money from Horley Methodist Church.

His conviction and sentencing was followed by a confiscation hearing at Guildford Crown Court on November 5, which was sought by Surrey Police under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

Detective Sergeant Ian Ball said: “The confiscation investigation identified several expensive assets owned by Cooksey, including his house in Willow Brean.

“He was in the process of selling the property but Surrey Police successfully applied for a Restraint Order which meant Cooksey’s half of the proceeds were ring-fenced.

“Following the sale of the house, Cooksey must pay back £96,750.50 before November 26.

“If he doesn’t he will serve an additional 21 months behind bars.”

The money came from donations given by the church congregation.

Cooksey pleaded guilty to six counts of obtaining a money transfer by deception and 10 of fraud by abuse of position, with 34 other offences of theft and fraud taken into consideration.

The total amount stolen was £152,345, and officers have pledged to pursue Cooksey for the outstanding monies.

 

http://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/s/2061327_thieving_church_treasurer_told_to_pay_money_back

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