Sheffield charity treasurer jailed for stealing £40,000 from MS Society

A charity treasurer who stole more than £40,000 from the Multiple Sclerosis Society has been jailed for 14 months.

Rehman Arif was a volunteer for the Rotherham and Sheffield branch of the MS Society where he stole the money after getting into financial difficulties.

The father-of-two was locked up after admitting fraud by abusing his position at Sheffield Crown Court.

The 48-year-old, of Old Halls Mews, Bramley, Rotherham, had been the society’s treasurer for two years when he lost his job and started struggling to keep up the payments on his family home.

He hit upon a plan to ‘borrow’ money from the charity’s accounts, intending to pay it back.

Between November 2009 and December 2011 he made out 32 cheques out to himself – to the tune of £41,227 – forging the signatures of other committee members.

10th July 2014
Carly Bayliss