Woman is charged with fraud by abuse of position at dogs charity

A woman has been charged with fraud by abuse of her position at the Dogs Trust.

Adrianne Peltz (34), of Beatrice Road, Bangor, County Down, is accused of using a company credit card for personal expenditures.

The charge relates to dates between April 10 and October 12 in 2017.

The full charge reads: ‘Defendant on dates between the 10th day of April 2017 and the 12th day of October 2017 whilst occupying a position in which you were expected to safeguard, or not to act against, the financial interests of Dogs Trust dishonestly abused that position in that you used a company credit card for personal expenditures with the intention, by means of the abuse of that position to make a gain for yourself or another or to cause loss to Dogs Trust or to expose Dogs Trust to a risk of a loss, in breach of section 4 of the Fraud Act 2006, contrary to Section 1 of the Fraud Act 2006’.

She has yet to enter a guilty or not guilty plea.

Previous press statements from the Dogs Trust said Ms Peltz was the charity’s Campaigns Manager for Northern Ireland.

The defendant was not present when the case was mentioned at Ballymena Magistrates Court on Thursday.

Defence barrister Stephen Law said it was an “alleged breach of trust case”.

He said there was a an issue regarding the amount of money involved about which he would write to the Public Prosecution Service.

The lawyer said he didn’t believe it was a case which would “trouble the court”.

The case was adjourned to August and Mr Law said the defendant would be present then.

The Dogs Trust is the UK’s largest dog welfare charity and cares for over 15,000 dogs each year through a network of 20 rehoming centres in the UK including one in Ballymena.

Following the court case a Dogs Trust spokesperson said in a statement: “Dogs Trust relies on the enormous generosity of the public to continue caring for over 15,000 dogs every year. It is of paramount importance to us that we use our funds in the best way possible so the public has confidence that their donations are being spent wisely.

“We can confirm that following an internal investigation we referred a case to the police following financial discrepancies relating to a company credit card used by one of our former employees. The employee had left our employment by the time we discovered the financial discrepancies. As this is an ongoing police investigation we cannot comment further.”

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