Former councillor admits defrauding charity for children in Africa

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Richard Vallery-Peters ENGSUS00120121107121819

A FORMER councillor who met the Queen in recognition of his charitable work has today (WEDS) admitted defrauding a charity that works with impoverished children in Africa.

Richard Vallery-Peters, of Ashburnham Road, pleaded guilty to one charge of fraud by false representation against the Tanzania based charity Network for Vulnerable Rescue Foundation.



The 48-year-old former Hastings Borough councillor pleaded guilty at Lewes Crown Court.

The court heard Vallery-Peters did not pass the proceeds of a sponsored walk on to the charity he raised money for.

In September 2011, he carried out a sponsored walk to raise money for the charity.

Prosecuting, Amy Packham QC, said that around £950 was promised and collected but the proceeds were not handed over to the charity.

Defending, Allister Walker QC said Vallery-Peters has been donating to other charities and has a history of raising money for local charities and had been invited to meet the Queen at Buckingham Palace partly in recognition of his charity work.

He said Vallery-Peters was hoping to get some extra money which he was entitled to due to his poor medical condition and would then try to repay the charity.

He represented the Baird ward in 2004, was re-elected in 2008 but lost his seat in 2012.

The court heard he had one previous conviction for drink-driving in 2002.

Judge Lawson said people who gave money were entitled to think that it was going to a charity.

The case was adjourned for sentence on July 4.