Leeds charity worker stole £113,000

ABUSE OF POSITION: The judge read out a letter that said Bhupinder Kaur's crimes had had an 'adverse effect' on the operation of the charity for the disabled.
ABUSE OF POSITION: The judge read out a letter that said Bhupinder Kaur's crimes had had an 'adverse effect' on the operation of the charity for the disabled.
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Financial assistant Bhupinder Kaur stole £113,000 while working for a charity for the disabled.

Her thefts were used to buy cars to which she fitted personalised number plates and luxury goods, while the charity struggled to make ends meet as the money vanished.

Kaur, 25, of West Park Drive West, Roundhay, Leeds, was jailed for two and a half years after she used some of the money stolen from disabled people’s charity Bradnet to buy two cars with personalised number plates and other “luxury goods”.

Recorder Bernard Gateshill told Kaur she had abused her position of trust at the charity and he referred to a letter from its chairman which detailed the “practical difficulties” caused by the thefts.

“There was a significant adverse effect upon their operations,” said Recorder Gateshill.

“Indeed the amount that you misappropriated in the course of misconduct stretching over many months was 60 per cent of the yearly available surplus that they could apply to local causes.”

The judge accepted that pregnant Kaur was a woman of previous good character and she had shown genuine remorse, but he said the the only real mitigation in the case was her guilty plea.

Bradford Crown Court heard how Kaur began stealing £6,000 at a time from the charity in May last year, but by January this year she was taking sums in excess of £14,000.

Her offending came to light while she was suspended from her post for an unrelated matter and she was arrested in connection with the missing money in February.

During the police inquiry a BMW 335i and a Renault Clio Sport were seized and a bank account containing just over £17,000 was also restrained.

Barrister Matthew Harding, for Kaur, said she had been spending money on a lavish lifestyle and it was now in the cold light of day that she realised the folly of what she had done.

The court heard that Kaur had suffered health difficulties and there were concerns about her welfare during pregnancy.

“Not only does she have the impact of the proceedings in terms of her family and her future, but also the very real prospect of giving birth to her child whilst in custody,” said Mr Harding.

The court was told at an earlier hearing that Kaur would also face proceedings under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

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