Treasurer pleads guilty to stealing £20,000

12/04/2013

A 46-year-old woman pleaded guilty yesterday at Shrewsbury Crown Court to stealing over £20,000 from two village halls.

Tracey Hills was the Treasurer for the Halfway House Village Hall and the Wattlesborough Village Hall, and between 2005 and 2011, she stole a total of £20,100.

Robert Edwards, Crown Advocate from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), said:

"Tracey Hills grossly abused her position of trust and stole over £20,000 which she would use to feed her gambling addiction.

"Over a period of six years, Hills syphoned thousands of pounds from income which the village halls were receiving from the use of the venues and then gambled the money away. To hide her theft, she would provide the village hall committees with false accounts.

"Her theft only came to light when an audit was carried out and anomalies were discovered in the bank accounts.

"Hills was arrested and she yesterday pleaded guilty to four counts of theft and two counts of false accounting.

"The CPS are now taking steps to recover the amount stolen."

Tracey Hills will be sentenced on Friday 7 June 2013 at Shrewsbury Crown Court.