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Man admits stealing £150,000 from children’s play care centre

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A 60-YEAR-old man was ordered to remain in custody on Friday after he admitted stealing £150,000 from an after-school club for four- to 12-year-olds.

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Glasgow-born William McDermott was told by Crown Advocate Richard Pedley, prosecuting, that he almost inevitably faces a jail term of at least two years after he pleaded guilty to 43 counts of stealing tens of thousands of pounds from the Rouge Bouillon Ace of Clubs play care centre.

In total, McDermott admitted 31 counts of theft, four counts of fraudulent conversion, three counts of forgery, three counts of uttering a forged document and two counts of transferring criminal property.

The indictment shows the offences took place between 2015 and early last year.

Money, court documents show, was taken from bank accounts belonging to Rouge Bouillon Ace of Clubs and to a charitable trust known as Kids’ Club.

The cash was moved into an account held by Professional Fulfilment Services Jersey Limited, for which McDermott was the former chief financial officer. Money was also sent to accounts held by Kids Club Royal.

McDermott was remanded in custody ahead of sentencing by the Royal Court’s Inferior Number on Friday 23 August.

Advocate James Bell, defending, argued that his client, who has lived in Jersey since 1986, should have been granted bail as he had no previous convictions and was at a low risk of reoffending.

Jack Maguire

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