Former police officer sentenced for pre-school theft

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A former British Transport Police officer has been given a suspended jail sentence after stealing money from a pre-school where he worked.

Sean White, 42, pleaded guilty to three counts of fraud by false representation and two counts of theft at his hearing last week.

He is the former chairman of Newborough Pre-school.

The pre-school has said that it felt ‘betrayed’ after finding out what he had done. Due to his actions, the school had to temporarily cut staff hours and ask for a grace period in order to pay their rent after £2,000 was taken from its charity account.

White was alleged to have used the money to purchase items for his own use as well as using the pre-school fuel card to fill up his own car. He also kept £310 in compensation money that was awarded to the pre-school.

He was given a six month prison sentence for fraud – suspended for 24 months – and four months for theft, which was also suspended for 24 months. Both sentences are running concurrently.

White was ordered to pay the nursery compensation of £1,027.58 and take part in 12 months of supervision with the probation service.

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