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North Lakes 4X4 club treasurer admits charity fraud

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A volunteer motoring club treasurer has admitted an £8,000 fraud.Nicole Humm, 25, took money raised for charity and forged her father’s signature on a number of cheques during her time at the North Lakes 4×4 Club.Carlisle Crown Court heard Humm, from Silloth, had no previous experience and had a C in GCSE maths.She was sentenced to four months’ imprisonment, suspended for a year, after admitting fraud by abuse of position.She must also complete 200 hours unpaid work and pay £4,000 compensation.Humm was 20 when she volunteered to be the club’s treasurer in 2013, the court heard.’Blot on career’Between then and 2016 she took an estimated £8,000 from the private members’ group, which promotes off-road driving.But after a new treasurer took over, it was found Humm had failed to bank club money. She had also forged her committee member father’s signature on a number of cheques and taken hundreds of pounds raised in aid of the Bobby Robson Foundation, Cancer Research and the Cumbria flood appeal.Recorder John Corless heard Humm, of The Crofts, was “ashamed” of her criminal conduct and intended to pay the cash back.”I hope and suspect these courts won’t see you again,” the judge told her.”It is a blot on your career but you should take it as a salutary lesson.”
Source: BBC Cumbria