Woman, 76, in court accused of stealing more than £18k from Wisbech Charities

Sylvia Palmer. Elm, Wisbech.

Sylvia Palmer. Elm, Wisbech. - Credit: Archant

A 76-YEAR-OLD woman who worked as the clerk to the trustees of Wisbech Charities has been charged with fraud.

Sylvia Palmer. Elm, Wisbech.

Sylvia Palmer. Elm, Wisbech. - Credit: Archant

Sylvia Palmer, of Fridaybridge Road, Elm, is accused of dishonestly abusing her position, intending to make a gain of £18,456.67.

Palmer appeared before Cambridge magistrates yesterday when she was committed to Cambridge Crown Court.

Her solicitor, Jeff Lewis, said there was no indication of plea.

It was her second court appearance – on April 16 a district judge at King’s Lynn Magistrates’ Court had declined jurisdiction over the case.


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It is alleged that Palmer committed the fraud while occupying her position as clerk to the trustees of Wisbech Charities between August 1, 2011, and July 31, 2012, when she was “expected to safeguard, and not act against, the financial interests of Wisbech Charities”.

The magistrates committed Palmer to the crown court and instructed her to attend a plea and directions hearing on July 19. She was given unconditional bail.

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