Accountant stole pounds 237,000 from Church

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An accountant who funded a life of luxury by stealing plundering more than pounds 237,000 from the Church of England was yesterday jailed for three years.

Dean Bailey, 34, bought pounds 100 opera tickets, a box at Lord's cricket ground and took a Caribbean holiday with the money he embezzled while working for the Diocese of London. Southwark Crown Court was told that Bailey, of Bethnal Green, east London, cooked the books and forged signatures on cheques to cover his crimes.