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Parish clerk admits stealing £18,000 from parish councils in Lincolnshire including Ropsley




A parish clerk has admitted stealing over £18,000 from five parish councils in Lincolnshire.

Paul Adrian Illingworth, 64, pleaded guilty to five charges of theft when he appeared at Lincoln Magistrates Court by video-link today (Friday, October 2.)

Illingworth, of the Old School, Church Lane, Scredington, near Sleaford, admitted the following charges:

Lincoln Magistrates' Court (38515348)
Lincoln Magistrates' Court (38515348)
  • Theft of £1,926.90 from Pointon and Sempringham Parish Council.
  • Theft of £12,138.03 from Ropsley and District Parish Council.
  • Theft of £2,130.90 from Helpringham Parish Council.
  • Theft of £2,490 from Carlton Scroop Parish Council.
  • Theft of £201 from Old Somerby Parish Council.

All the theft offences occurred between 1 June 2015 and 30 June this year.

District judge Peter Veits committed the case to Lincoln Crown Court for sentence on a date to be fixed.

The judge told Illingworth: "Clearly this case is too serious to remain in this court.

"This is clearly fraud over a period of time from parish councils who trusted you with their accounts."

Illingworth was granted bail until he is sentenced.



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