A former Alconbury parish council clerk appeared before magistrates at Huntingdon accused of fraud amounting to more than £56,000. The alleged fraud is believed to have taken place between April 2010 and May 2013.

As the case was so serious magistrates referred the case to the Crown Court.

Magistrates declined to hear the case and told the former clerk that the offences were so serious they would have to be heard at the Crown Court.

The former clerk faces two charges. It is alleged that the clerk committed fraud while in the position of parish council clerk and responsible financial officer where she was expected to manage the finances of Alconbury Parish Council and dishonestly abused the position by intending to make a personal gain of £56,756.39.

It is also alleged that there was wilful misconduct while the holder of a public office. The charge says that while parish clerk they wilfully and without reasonable excuse or justification misconducted them-self by misappropriating council funds and producing false financial reports.

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