Marlborough woman guilty of defrauding tens of thousands from Armed Forces charity


A MARLBOROUGH woman has been sentenced to 13 months imprisonment suspended for two years, and ordered to carry out 180 hours of unpaid work after pleading guilty to fraud by abuse of position and theft by employee.

Chantelle Maye, aged 36, of Durley, appeared at Winchester Crown Court on Monday 28 April 2016.

Maye defrauded a Wiltshire based charity supporting serving members of the Armed Forces out of more than £13,000 and pleaded not guilty to theft of a further £12,000 while she worked for them as a book keeper.

Detective Constable Debbie Hatch said: “This sentence is the result of a lengthy investigation which began after concerns were raised following a routine check by the charity back in 2012.

“With the support of the charity, we have successfully investigated Maye’s activity and the sentencing is a result of that investigation.

“Maye’s offending stretches back to the very beginning of her career with the charity in 2011, when she lied about her qualifications in order to gain a position as a book keeper.

“While in this position, she gained the respect and trust of those who worked alongside her.

“However, instead of carrying out the job expected of a book keeper, she stole more than £12,000 from the charity, abusing her position of trust in a despicable manner for her own financial gain.

“I hope this case highlights the fact that Wiltshire Police is determined to bring those who commit offences such as fraud and theft, while in a position of trust, to justice.

“Anyone wishing to report a suspected fraud of any kind is asked to contact Wiltshire Police on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

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