1. ITV Report

Former JSPCA boss sentenced to 7 years in jail for fraud

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The former boss of the JSPCA has been sentenced to seven years behind bars after defrauding the charity out of £400,000.

Coleman, who was Chief Officer of the charity for eleven years, pleaded guilty to 15 counts of fraud, two counts of forgery and two counts of uttering forged documents last November.

Police say that over ten years he took £300,000 of the charity’s income for himself.

Throughout the investigation, his arrogance and lack of empathy have been remarkable. The widely reported impact upon the charity, and its treasured status with islanders, appears to have been of little consequence to him. He has only ever thought of himself.

During the complex 18-month investigation by the Joint Financial Crime Unit, SoJP have received the full cooperation of the JSPCA and we can say with certainty that Coleman acted alone, without any wider knowledge of his actions or intentions. We welcome this sentence which demonstrates the severity of his crimes and hope that this marks the end of an exceptionally difficult period for the JSPCA.

– States of Jersey Police