Powell - systematic theft over 13 years
The former secretary of the Pointer Club Mr Anthony Powell (Hayapark) Kennel Club faces a ten year ban after his case was placed before the General Committee last week under KC Rule A42.
Last September he was jailed for 18 months, with nine of the months suspended, after stealing £18,415 of club funds. Powell, 57, of Thistle Hill, Knaresborough, North Yorkshire pleaded guilty to one charge of theft and five of false accounting on September 1st 2004 at York Crown Court.
After returning to York on September 29th for sentencing he asked for nine other cases of false accouting to be taken into consideration.
Powell had been club secretary since 1984 and his wife treasurer since 1981. But, it was alleged in court, that she had been treasurer in name only as well as a cheque signatory. He had been a member of the club for 27 years.
Powell’s income had been halved when his business as a financial advisor had got into difficulties and he saw the chance to use club money to get out of difficulties.
The problems were discovered in January 2004 when Powell was asked why a club year book printing bill had not been paid. After telling the club chairman Mrs Aidine Howes that the banks had made a mistake he subsequently offered to resign and then, a day later, admitted fabricating the club’s accounts.
For 13 years Powell produced false documents at club AGMs by photocopying the original auditor’s signature. His wife, who also resigned from the club, was unaware of the deception.
At its meeting held on 21 July 2005 the General Committee considered the conviction of Mr A B Powell from the York Crown Court on 1 September 2004 with regard to offences of theft and false accounting. The offences having arisen during Mr Powell’s tenure as an officer of the Pointer Club.
The Committee impose the following penalties:
1. To disqualify him from being or becoming a member of any canine club or society registered with or affiliated to the Kennel Club. [A42 j (5)]
2. To suspend him from acting as an Officer or serving on the Committee of any canine society [A42 j (6)]
3. To disqualify him from taking part in the management of any event
licensed by the Club [A42 j (7)]
4. To disqualify him from judging at any event licensed by the Club
[A42 j (8)]
The suspensions and disqualifications are to be for a period of ten (10) years from 21 July 2005.
The Committee took full recognition of the seriousness of the offences committed by Mr Powell and the seriousness with which the Court viewed these offences. The breach of trust by Mr Powell is incompatible with him holding any position of trust or membership of a canine society.