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Brother defrauded Trust

17 August 2012

A BROTHER of the Society of St John the Evangelist (SSJE) was given a conditional discharge for two years after pleading guilty to 11 counts of fraud, committed between September 2010 and December 2011, at Westminster Magistrates Court on 31 July.

Brother James Simon appeared in court in his lay name of Dr Morley Stuart, facing 22 charges of fraud. He had stolen £3750 from the Fellowship of St John the Evangelist (UK) Trust Association during his time as a trustee.

He had repaid the entire sum before the court hearing, and resigned as a trustee in January 2012 immediately after being arrested. Now retired, he lives as a religious solitary in Norfolk.

Fr Charles Card-Reynolds, chairman of the Fellowship of St John (UK) Trust Association, said of Dr Stuart: "He knows that he acted foolishly out of fear, and is sorry for the upset and hurt this has caused. The trustees have put robust procedures and processes in place to ensure that such a thing could not happen again. The Trust has recently welcomed a new trustee, set up a new office, and appointed an executive officer. This year marks a new start for the Trust."

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