July 24 2014 Latest news:
Rosa McMahon and Peter Walsh
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
A 22-year-old assistant accountant has been accused of fraud after £328,500 was allegedly taken from the Norfolk Chamber of Commerce.
Alexander Dickerson, of Davidson Road, Norwich, was charged yesterday with fraud by abuse of position between 2012 and 2014.
Dickerson has been released on police bail and is due to appear at Norwich Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, July 24.
A spokesman for the Norfolk Chamber of Commerce said: “Norfolk Chamber of Commerce have been co-operating fully with an investigation by the Norfolk Constabulary, which resulted directly from a request made by the chamber for their assistance.
“The individual in question has not been employed by the Norfolk Chamber of Commerce since the end of March. Prior to and during court proceedings we are unable to discuss the case as it would be sub judice.
“I can assure you that this situation has not and will not impact on the day-to-day running of the chamber now or in the future. For us, it is business as usual, as we continue to provide first-class help and support for our members and the wider business community.”
The chamber provides help and support and has fought for a better deal for Norfolk businesses since 1896.
It is owned and directed by its business members and supports and represents businesses in all sectors.
The chamber’s latest accounts for the year ending March 2013 showed the organisation’s total expenditure was £661,038. It had been £744,084 in the financial year ending March 2012.
It reported an operating surplus of £23,114 in the year ending March 2013 and £10,491 in the previous 12 months.