Lincolnshire

Ex-treasurer of Lincoln and District Bowling League jailed for theft

The former treasurer of a bowls league has been jailed after he admitted stealing more than £2,000.

Michael Bowerman of Grove Park in Misterton, Nottinghamshire took the money from the Lincoln and District Bowling League over eight months.

Lincoln Crown Court heard the 70-year-old had three previous convictions for similar offences and had served two prison sentences.

He pleaded guilty to theft and was sentenced to four months in prison.

The court was told Bowerman had taken over as treasurer of the league when his predecessor fell ill.

He helped himself to the money between September 2011 and May 2012.

Confronted by members

Members of the league became suspicious when Bowerman twice cancelled AGMs and refused to hand over a bank passbook for an audit.

The judge heard that Bowerman was confronted when inquiries with the Nationwide Building Society highlighted the discrepancies.

He agreed to pay the money back to the league but handed over two cheques which later bounced.

When interviewed by police Bowerman admitted spending the money on "little things" such as an occasional meal out.

Passing sentence Recorder Nirmil Shant QC reminded Bowerman that it was the fourth time he had helped himself to other people's money.

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