Sentencing adjourned in case of LibDems’ fraudster councillor

BELLE MONT, our Sutton reporter, on the latest developments in the charity fraud case

Alan Salter: facing a custodial sentence

Sentencing for Alan Salter, the former Liberal Democrat councillor in Carshalton who has been found guilty on three charges of fraud and theft, has been adjourned for three weeks, awaiting medical reports.

Her Hon Judge Deborah Charles told Salter, during a brief appearance at Croydon Crown Court this afternoon, that he should expect a custodial sentence.

Salter, 67, who lives in Wallington, was a senior member of Sutton’s LibDem council, and was appointed to the important position of chair of the scrutiny committee until early last year when he resigned his council seat before being arrested by police.

Since Salter’s resignation as a councillor in June 2016, Sutton’s LibDem-dominated council has tried to distance itself from him, maintaining that the matter related to his “personal financial affairs”.

In fact, Salter defrauded thousands of pounds from Carshalton Association for the Elderly, which regularly received generous grants from… Sutton Council. Salter was also treasurer on another charity for the elderly in Sutton where one of his co-trustees was Brenda Dombey, the mother of the leader of Sutton Council, Ruth Dombey.

At his fraud trial a year ago, Salter pleaded guilty to charges relating to his writing cheques to himself for more than £8,000 of funds the charity.

The former accountant has also been found guilty on a pair of theft charges relating to his handling of a client’s money.

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