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Church treasurer in court

PUBLISHED: 13:33 30 May 2002 | UPDATED: 12:01 03 March 2010

A FORMER church treasurer has appeared in court to face charges of false accounting and dishonestly obtaining almost £2,000 to pay off electricity bills.

A FORMER church treasurer has appeared in court to face charges of false accounting and dishonestly obtaining almost £2,000 to pay off electricity bills.

Peter Bentley, 66, is accused of committing the offences while he was treasurer of St Peter's Church, Monks Eleigh, near Sudbury.

Bentley, of Hadleigh Road, Monks Eleigh, appeared at Sudbury Magistrates' Court yesterday to face the following 10 charges:

On or about November 8, 1999, in Hadleigh or elsewhere, he dishonestly obtained for himself a money transfer in the sum of £193.41 by deception, by falsely representing to Lloyds TSB Bank plc that a cheque payable to Eastern Electricity and drawn on the account of the Parochial Council of St Peter's, Monks Eleigh, was meant for payment of a debt of the parochial church council.

On or about January 24, 2000, in Hadleigh or elsewhere, he dishonestly obtained for himself a money transfer in the sum of £227.65 by deception, by falsely representing to Lloyds TSB Bank plc that a cheque payable to Eastern Electricity and drawn on the account of the Parochial Council of St Peter's, Monks Eleigh, was meant for payment of a debt of the parochial church council.

On or about November 20, 2000, in Hadleigh or elsewhere, he dishonestly obtained for himself a money transfer in the sum of £191.82 by deception, by falsely representing to Lloyds TSB Bank plc that a cheque payable to Eastern Electricity and drawn on the account of the Parochial Council of St Peter's, Monks Eleigh, was meant for payment of a debt of the parochial church council.

On or about August 29, 2000, in Hadleigh or elsewhere, he dishonestly obtained for himself a money transfer in the sum of £189.89 by deception, by falsely representing to Lloyds TSB Bank plc that a cheque payable to Eastern Electricity and drawn on the account of the Parochial Council of St Peter's, Monks Eleigh, was meant for payment of a debt of the parochial church council.

On or about February 20, 2001, in Hadleigh or elsewhere, he dishonestly obtained for himself a money transfer in the sum of £165.63 by deception, by falsely representing to Lloyds TSB Bank plc that a cheque payable to Eastern Electricity and drawn on the account of the Parochial Council of St Peter's, Monks Eleigh, was meant for payment of a debt of the parochial church council.

On or about May 4, 2001, in Hadleigh or elsewhere, he dishonestly obtained for himself a money transfer in the sum of £207.44 by deception, by falsely representing to Lloyds TSB Bank plc that a cheque payable to Eastern Electricity and drawn on the account of the Parochial Council of St Peter's, Monks Eleigh, was meant for payment of a debt of the parochial church council.

About July 2001 in Hadleigh or elsewhere, he dishonestly obtained for himself a money transfer in the sum of £188.57 by deception, by falsely representing to Lloyds TSB Bank plc that a cheque payable to Eastern Electricity and drawn on the account of the Parochial Council of St Peter's, Monks Eleigh, was meant for payment of a debt of the parochial church council.

On or about April 4, 2000, in Hadleigh or elsewhere, he dishonestly obtained for himself a money transfer in the sum of £221.70 by deception, by falsely representing to Lloyds TSB Bank plc that a cheque payable to Eastern Electricity and drawn on the account of the Parochial Council of St Peter's, Monks Eleigh, was meant for payment of a debt of the parochial church council.

He was also charged with two counts of falsifying the accounts of St Peter's Church Council on or between December 31, 1999, and March 24, 2000.

Bentley, who did not enter a plea on any of the 10 charges, worked in accountancy before becoming treasurer at St Peter's Church in 1991. He was a regular worshipper there and edited the church magazine, called Village Matters.

The case was adjourned after the magistrates decided they had insufficient powers to deal with the charges.

Bentley was released on unconditional bail until July 10 when he will reappear at Sudbury Magistrates' Court for the case to be sent to the crown court.

patrick.lowman@eadt.co.uk


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