OFFICIALS at a Coningsby nursery say they are totally focussed on a successful future after a former treasurer was jailed for stealing almost £30,000.
Tracey Clark was sentenced to 18 months after admitting the theft of £29,067 from the Jacdor pre-school play group between January 2009 and August 2011.
The amount of money involved left Jacdor on the brink of closure and the school was only saved thanks to the efforts of hard-working staff and volunteers.
Marilyn Hawkins, chair of Jacdor’s management committee, said: “I am glad the case has come to a conclusion.
“Everyone at Jacdor just wants to move on and focus on the new school year. We have lots of new children starting and they are the main priority.
“I would like to thank my husband Mo for all the time he has spent sorting out the accounts and getting us re-registered with the Charity Commission.
“I would also like to thank the fantastic staff and hard working committee.”
Mrs Hawkins, who discoverd the thefts after taking over as chair, said she did not want to comment on the sentence.
She added that the jail term did mean Jacdor was unlikely to receive any compensation.
Clark, aged 42, of Ingham Road, Coningsby, was treasurer on a volunteer basis.
Sentencing Clark at Lincoln Crown Court, recorder Timothy Raggatt QC told her: “This was a substantial course of offending and it was systematic. You repeatedly lied to cover your tracks.”
The court was told Clark had stolen the money after running up debts following the break-up of her marriage.
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