York & North Yorkshire

Children's charity fraudster Howard Rose jailed

Howard Rose
Image caption Rose used charity funds to pay off his debts

A "heartless" charity administrator who took more than £76,000 from a fund for sick children has been jailed.

Howard Rose, 63, was sentenced to 15 months in prison after he admitted theft at York Crown Court.

The court heard Rose, of The Village, Earswick, York, stole £76,040 from the Yorkshire Children's Hospital Fund.

Police said he used his position to divert funds which charities had donated to the trust to his personal bank account using false invoices.

Rose used headed paper bearing the charities' logos to cover up his wrongdoing and used the money he stole to pay off his debts.

North Yorkshire Police discovered Rose had been taking money for almost three years, between 1 June 2007 and 31 May 31 2010.

'Breach of trust'

A force spokesman described him as a "heartless fraudster".

Det Sgt Garry Ridler, of the major fraud team, said: "Howard Rose abused his role within the trust for his own personal gain, without sparing a thought for the children he was supposed to be helping.

"He stole funds which people had donated for the care of sick children and for that he fully deserves the sentence he has been given.

"He now has time to reflect on the major breach of trust which he should be ashamed of, considering the length of time in which he had been taking what amounted to a substantial amount of money.

"Anyone who thinks they can get away with deception on this scale is mistaken."

Yorkshire Children's Hospital Fund works to provide equipment to help paediatric services in the region.

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