£30k youth club fraud case passed on to CPS

A fraud investigation into funding for a Sudbury youth club has been passed to the Crown Prosecution Service.

Lucy McNaul, 43, was questioned by police in June last year after £29,400 was awarded to The Works Sudbury Limited, a not-for-profit social enterprise Mrs McNaul was a director of, through the Government’s Community Cashback scheme.

The money was allocated for the provision of a youth club in East Street, Sudbury, with Mrs McNaul meeting Sudbury Town Council to discuss the proposals.

Figures she presented in early 2011 showed more than £20,000 had been spent with £9,256 allocated for further outgoings, while the Criminal Justice Board said Mrs McNaul claimed in 2010 that 45 youth members, 18 adult volunteers and four staff had been recruited, despite no evidence of the club existing.

A spokeswoman for Suffolk Police said: “A 43-year-old woman was asked to come to the police station after the Ministry of Justice reported the fraud, which is suspected to have taken place between October, 2009 and June, 2010.

“We are awaiting advice from the CPS as to whether there is enough evidence to make a charge.” No arrests have been made.

Sue Brotherwood, Sudbury town clerk, said she was pleased police had made progress with the case.

She said: “This money and the project would have been so important for Sudbury.”