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Cotswold undertaker accused of stealing money collected for charity at funerals

By The Citizen  |  Posted: April 09, 2014

Cotswold undertaker accused of stealing money collected for charity at funerals

A COTSWOLD undertaker has been charged with 11 counts of fraud and theft.

Andrew Baker, of Pebworth near Honeybourne, has been charged with four counts of fraud by false representation.

The 50-year-old, who operates in Worcestershire and Gloucestershire, is accused of taking payments for funeral plans but not investing the funds correctly and misappropriating them.

West Mercia Police has also charged Mr Baker with one count of fraud by false representation for allegedly knowingly double charging a client by sending an invoice twice after he had already been paid.

He is also charged with four charges of theft where he is accused of stealing money collected for charity at funerals and two charges of ‘retaining a wrongful credit’.

All the offences took place between 2010 and 2013 and were committed in Worcestershire and Gloucestershire, with one offence of theft in Warwickshire.

Mr Baker has been released on bail to appear at Worcester Magistrates’ Court on Friday, May 9.

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