Police accountant sentenced for theft of £44,000

|News, Fraud and economic crime

Andrew Smart (10/6/83) was sentenced yesterday (9 April) at Teesside Crown Court for stealing over £44,000 from Police Sports Fund UK, of which he was Treasurer. Smart was given a 12-month suspended sentence and ordered to undertake 240 hours of unpaid work.

Smart was a senior accounting administrator with North Yorkshire Police. Between July 2016 and August 2017 he wrote himself 67 separate cheques to the value of  £44,082 to fund his gambling addiction.

Thomas Neofytou from the CPS said: “Smart committed a fundamental breach of the trust placed in him as a police employee. He stole a substantial sum of money from the police sports fund in order to sustain his gambling habit. The sentence he has received today underlines the fact that no one is above the law.”

Notes to editors

  • Thomas Neofytou is a Senior Crown Prosecutor with CPS Yorkshire and Humberside

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