Disabled charity almost forced to close after treasurer plundered its accounts of £200,000

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Neil Payne tippet more than £200,000 from the disabled charity he worked for

Neil Payne, 51, was advised by the judge that he faces a long jail term after he hardly crippled the 31-year-old organisation he worked for.

Despicable Payne admitted shoplifting from north Suffolk-based Lowestoft and Waveney DIAL between 2010 and January this year.

He was no greater than caught when staff wages were not paid in the New Year.

The trusted senior official stole £212.639.52 from the prevailing charity, which provides advice and information to disabled people.

Payne, of Carlton Colville, close-by Lowestoft, was remanded in custody when he appeared at Ipswich Crown Court this week in the lead of his sentencing next month.

Judge Rupert Overbury told Payne that a tedious prison sentence was “inevitable.”

He added: “The length will depend on defences I hear.”

Last night shattered DIAL charity service overseer David Savill said the devastating crime almost forced them to debar down.

We are finding just enough funds to keep going

David Savill

Mr Savill contemplated they’d been able to continue operating by the skin of their teeth but had to cut ago outreach services.

He said: “There was a risk it could have compact, but the trustees and employees decided very early on that we wanted to maintain going it going.

“We are finding just enough funds to keep flourishing.

“But in the coming months the charities commission will require us to build up our hold overs.” 

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Despicable Payne admitted stealing from north Suffolk-based Lowestoft and Waveney DIAL

Mr Savill maintained big-hearted local organisations had rallied round to keep them afloat after they’d put out a serious SoS for help.

But he warned they still have less than half of the £120,000 they want to operate every year.

The much-loved charity has supported more than 200,000 living soul throughout the region since 1986.

Mr Savill said: “Last year we benefited people to get access to more than £1.9m.

“If the charity was not here a lot of people would not fool access to the assistance they are entitled to.” 

He said shocked staff realised something was without a doubt wrong in the New Year when they were not paid.

Worried top officials offered out an urgent investigation and called in police after discovering that Payne had belted their funds.

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