A woman who stole £15,000 earmarked for a Sudbury youth centre project has avoided an immediate prison sentence because of a long delay in bringing her case to court.
Lucy McNaul, 44, from Grenville Road, Sudbury had been given the Ministry of Justice money to help set up a youth project in the town in 2010.
The money came in a grant from a £4 million fund set up using assets seized from criminals with the aim of supporting projects in the community.
Ipswich Crown Court heard today (Tuesday) how McNaul was left with £15,000 from the
£29,400 grant she was awarded and failed to return the unused cash, instead handing it over to two men who arrived at her door.
Judge Overbury sentenced McNaul to 14 months imprisonment suspended for 12 months and
ordered her to complete 180 hours of unpaid community work. She must also participate in a Women’s Emotional Wellbeing Programme and remain under Probation Service supervision for 12 months.
Full story in this week’s Suffolk Free Press.