Failed Freemason Found Fraud

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Once an affiliate of the Craft is now leading a very different path. Mr. David Glass, has been found fraudulent after his malicious activities for the second time. The story broke on the ChronicalLive website:

A former Freemason who was jailed for swindling thousands of pounds from masonic lodges has been at it again with another company, just two years after being released.

David Glass had failed to declare his criminal background when he took on the trusted roles of bookkeeper and accountant at the struggling Kitchen Centre, based in Kingston Park.

The 65-year-old was soon put in charge of signing and authorizing company checks but, within months, started paying them into his own bank account, a court heard.

Glass, who was jailed for 21 months in 2007 for swindling £48,000 from two Northumberland masonic lodges, continued undetected with his con for two years as he was never made subject of a proper audit, prosecutors said.

However, in 2014, shortly before the firm collapsed, the grandad was told an investigation into the business’s finances was going to take place.

Newcastle Crown Court heard Glass, of Grange Road, Morpeth, immediately resigned, taking with him a “large amount of key company documents”.

Slowly, Glass’s deceit was unraveled and he has now admitted taking more than £8,000 from the company.

At a court hearing on Thursday, Glass narrowly avoided another jail term after he admitted one count of fraud by abuse of position.

Giving him a two year prison sentence, suspended for two years, Recorder Felicity Davies said: “The period this offending took place was two years and four months, so it was persistent and lengthy period and they were offences that constituted an abuse of a high degree of trust.

“You thoroughly deserve to go immediately to prison and the sentence would be at the top end where the courts would be able to suspend it.”

The Recorder added: “I can suspend the sentence, largely because you are now retired and the risk of you re-offending or stealing from other firms is greatly reduced.

“I also take into account that the prisons are full and I’m not sure the public interest overwhelmingly requires me to send you to prison.”

The court was told, between July 2011 and March 2013, Glass cashed 37 checks into his own account, totaling more than £17,000.

But, during that period, the grandad actually transferred some of his own money back into the company’s account as it was in an overdraft and he didn’t want to arouse suspicion.

He was also owed an amount of wages so, prosecutors said, the total amount he gained from the fraud was £8,654.

Tony Cornberg, prosecuting, said: “On a couple of occasions, the defendant seemed to be acting in some way as benevolent by appearing to bail-out the Kitchen Centre by using his own money and, it’s fair to say, £1,000 was paid on one occasion and £1,080 was effectively paid on another occasion.

“The dates that activity took place were right in the middle period of the offending in January 2013.

“These were not benevolent, they were simply an attempt to cover his tracks so alarm bells would not start ringing when the company’s account went into overdraft.”

Mr Cornberg also said that some staff members of the firm may also be out of pocket as Glass had not been paying their National Insurance

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