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Children's charity fraudster jailed

A charity administrator who took more than £70,000 from a fund for sick children has been described as a "heartless fraudster" after he was jailed for 15 months.

North Yorkshire Police confirmed Howard Rose, 63, was jailed at York Crown Court after he admitted stealing £76,040 from the Yorkshire Children's Hospital Trust.

Rose, 63, of Earswick, York, was the trust's administrator.

Police said he used his position to divert funds which charities had donated to the trust to his personal bank account using false invoices. Rose used headed paper bearing the charities' logos to cover up his wrongdoing and used the money he stole to pay off his debts.

Detectives discovered Rose had been taking money for almost three years, between June 1, 2007, and May 31, 2010.

A force spokesman described him as a "heartless fraudster".

Detective Sergeant Garry Ridler, of North Yorkshire Police's major fraud team, said: "Howard Rose abused his role within the trust for his own personal gain, without sparing a thought for the children he was supposed to be helping.

"He stole funds which people had donated for the care of sick children and for that he fully deserves the sentence he has been given. He now has time to reflect on the major breach of trust which he should be ashamed of, considering the length of time in which he had been taking what amounted to a substantial amount of money.

"Anyone who thinks they can get away with deception on this scale is mistaken. The police will thoroughly investigate and you will be brought to justice."

Yorkshire Children's Hospital Trust works to provide equipment to help paediatric services in the region.

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