Former charity worker pleads guilty to �99k theft

The former treasurer of a Barnstaple charity has pleaded guilty to ten theft charges

THE former treasurer of the North Devon Animal Ambulance has pleaded guilty to the theft of �99,000 from the charity.

Jennifer Colenso, 69, from Yelland appeared at Barnstaple Magistrate’s Court on Monday.

DS Scotthorne, the officer in the case, said: “A complaint was received from the trustees of the animal charity in December 2010 stating that their previous treasurer Jennifer Colenso had stolen large amounts of cash from the charity and had failed to submit their accounts on time to the charity commission.

“This investigation has caused the charity a huge amount of upset and inconvenience and would like to put this incident behind them, and concentrate on caring for animals in distress.”

Colenso will be sentenced at Exeter Crown Court on April 5.

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