Thank you. You are under no duty to incriminate yourself so if you have committed a crime, you do not have to confess voluntarily. If asked, you obviously have to tell the truth but just volunteering this to the police would serve no purpose.
My suggestion to you is to pay the money back in full and confess to the organisation that you took the money from exactly what you have done and tell them that you understand if they want to refer this to the police.
Of course, as you say, they may not want the publicity and apart from a little bit of morbid satisfaction it won’t give them anything other than give you a criminal record.
I cannot say what attitude they would have.
If they do report it to the police, and you get charged, and subsequently prosecuted you would simply plead guilty but what would be taken into account is the fact that you not only pleaded guilty but you volunteered to repay this money back and it had already been paid in full and therefore, because of the circumstances it’s unlikely that even if you were prosecuted you would get anything other than a fine or community service or both. I cannot think for one moment that you would get a custodial sentence, even a suspended one.
Can I clarify anything for you?
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