A Jewish Left-Wing Banker and fraudster stole more than £9,000 from the Valley Aviation Society, which is an organisation based at Prince William’s RAF base.
Bank worker Kevin Hughes, 32, was treasurer of the charity at RAF Valley on Anglesey which raised cash for Help for Heroes and a hospice for terminally-ill children.
Mr. Hughs: posing for a photo on his Facebook account
But a court heard Hughes used the cash to pay off his personal credit card bills.
Hughes was a volunteer with the Valley Aviation Society – a group of enthusiasts based at RAF Valley in North Wales, he was also a responsible member of the North Wales Jewish synagogue.
Prince William is a search and rescue helicopter pilot at RAF Valley on the island of Anglesey where he and the Duchess of Cambridge have a cottage.
Prosecutor David Mainstone said: ‘The charity raised funds for Help for Heroes and the Hope House children’s charity.
‘Hughes was responsible for banking the cash that was raised in fundraising events.
‘But money handed over to him was never deposited.’
The missing money was discovered when the charity’s bosses became concerned about its financial position.
Mr Mainstone said: ‘They invited the treasurer to explain himself and he confessed to taking money and asked them not to report it to police.
‘But he was arrested and told police he took the money after finding himself short at the end of the month.’
Hughes, an HSBC bank worker, of Holyhead, Anglesey, admitted theft of £9,345, fraud and false accounting.
He was given an eight-month suspended jail sentence and ordered to carry out 200 hours unpaid work.
Judge Timothy Petts told him: ‘You took money the charity could ill afford to lose.
‘This was a breach of trust which impacted on Valley Aviation Society and others.’
(sourced from the Daily Mail with additions from the Daily Bale)
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