Ex-league man jailed
Steve Taylor, the former head of campaigns at the League Against Cruel Sports (LACS), last week began a 16-month jail sentence after he was caught embezzling £15,000 of the animal rights group?s money.
A court in Guildford heard how, over a period of nearly two years, Taylor, aged 36, from Tideford in Cornwall, made 333 separate fraudulent transactions on the charity?s credit card. His actions finally came to light only after he admitted making a false mileage claim. Taylor ? who earned a salary at LACS of £41,000 ? even bought an iPad as a leaving present for Douglas Batchelor, the outgoing chief executive of the organisation, pocketing for himself the cash raised in a staff whip-round that had been intended to make the purchase. In 1998, Taylor had previously been jailed for 12 months for obtaining property by deception and forgery in relation to a £12,000 fraud from his then employer.
The rest of this article appears in the 19th September issue of Shooting Times.