CFO who stole almost £50,000 from charity has been spared jail time

A charity worker has been given a suspended prison sentence after stealing tens of thousands of pounds from her employer.

Bethan Hopkins, who was head of finance at Safer Wales, was given a two-year sentence, suspended for 18 months, at Cardiff Crown Court earlier this week.

The court confirmed that Hopkins, who is 42 and lives in the Llanrumney area of ​​Cardiff, stole £47,531 from the charity, which works with victims of domestic abuse, rape and exploitation.

Hopkins was suspended from her job last November over concerns about payments to her personal bank account for a period of eight months, according to local reports, and later pleaded guilty to fraud charges.

In addition to issuing the suspended sentence, reports indicate that the judge ordered Hopkins to perform 200 hours of unpaid work and a rehabilitative activity requirement.

Safer Wales did not respond to repeated requests for comment.

Local reports into the case said the charity had to spend an additional £50,000 investigating the fraud and was only insured for £25,000.

The charity had an income of £2.2m and spent £2m in its 2020/21 financial year and employed 55 people, according to the latest Charity Commission filings.

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