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I have spent thousand of pounds of a churches money due to

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I have spent thousand of pounds of a churches money due to being on the sick trying to keep bills from drowning me and stopping bailiffs from coming to house. This is the first time i have every done anything so stupid like this. What should I do.
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  Jo C. replied 3 years ago.

Thank you for your question. My name is Jo and I will try to help with this.

Have t we looked at this? Did you want to know something else?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Yeah Jo, what is the sentencing structure on this. Ive looked online and im confused as some people have had community orders with heavy fines, I not their is mitigating factors which for me I believe they are the following..


I would offer repayments of 200-250 a month

Totally out of character, never been in trouble with any ever before

Pressure of being on the sick during that time, I was worried about bills and losing the house.

Once spoken to the solicitor I would say guilty.

Customer: replied 3 years ago.
Hi jo as I just mentioned I'm wanting to know what is the bet and worst case out come in sentencing. Please advise
Expert:  Jo C. replied 3 years ago.
There is no prospect of a fine. This is a high level theft in breach of trust from an organisation that might be argued to be vulnerable.

You may escape with a suspended sentence but that would be a good deal. Sometimes people do get good deals.

If you are female then you have a greater chance.

Realistically, you should brace yourself for custody I'm afraid. If you escape it then that will be a good deal.

The only way of avoiding it for certain is if they cannot prove the amounts.
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

I seeked legal advice today from a solicitor who said I should tell the Vicar exactly what I have done, I understand I need to do this, but if questioned about how much, how should I answer? Is there anyway you would advise I should say this in the hope the police wont get involved.

Expert:  Jo C. replied 3 years ago.
I can see the merits of confessing. They may just let you repay.

The problem is that you risk confessing more than they can prove. the problem is that if they start to question then you cannot refuse to answer without annoying them.

Whether or not they involve the police is really down to them. Offering to repay might stay their hand.
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

If you were my solicitor, what would you advise then to say to the Vicar whom im speaking to later tonight.

Expert:  Jo C. replied 3 years ago.
Nobody can tell you what to say. You can only tell the truth or say nothing.

My view would be that if you think there is a realistic chance of them not calling the police then admit and offer to repay.

If not then just don't answer the allegations.