Bobby's Fund mother cleared of misusing money
- 30 July 2013
- From the section England
A woman accused of misusing money raised through fundraising appeals for children with cancer has been cleared after a judge's ruling.
A jury at Nottingham Crown Court was directed to find Jacqueline Wright, 43, from Tamworth, not guilty of converting criminal property.
Prosecutors claimed Mrs Wright was involved in the misuse of £196,000.
The judge said it could not be proven how much of that money was raised legitimately and how much was not.
Mrs Wright and her husband, Kevin Wright, 49 - both of Quince, Amington, in Tamworth, but previously of Exeter, Devon - each had a charge dismissed of converting criminal property - an offence under the Proceeds of Crime Act.
Prosecutors alleged money was raised and misused after Mr Wright launched schemes to raise cash through Bobby's Fund for the couple's son, Bobby and other children suffering from cancer.
Judge Greg Dickinson gave the jury direction as the prosecution's case was set to end.
Once formally cleared, the judge told Mrs Wright: "That's the end of this long-running saga as far as you are concerned. You are free to go."
Mr Wright was originally charged with nine counts of fraud and 11 of theft.
But some charges have been dismissed and he is now on trial for 10 counts of theft, three counts of fraud by false representation, and one count of fraud by abuse of position.
Prosecutors allege Mr Wright raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for the charities but some of that money went into his bank account to fund his "interests, investments and personal lifestyle," including a family trip to Disney World.
As well as Bobby's Fund, other causes he is alleged to have stolen from and defrauded relate to Alex Ward, who was diagnosed with a tumour on the brain, Callum Kaye, Jessica Magnus, and Armani Mohammad.
Bobby's Fund was set up in 2005 after Bobby Wright was diagnosed with an aggressive form of childhood cancer, neuroblastoma. He is now aged 11 and cancer-free.
Mr Wright's trial continues.