Local man Kevin Aylott faces up to four years in prison after being convicted of stealing £52,000 from Wellington Conservative Club where he was treasurer for 23 years.
Aylott, 63, of Sylvan Road, admitted the fraud to Taunton magistrates court.
It is believed he made cheques out to himself and recorded them as ‘cancelled’ as his deceit went undetected by fellow members of Wellington Conservative Club, where he had been treasurer for 23 years.
Aylott’s fraud was only uncovered after he was forced to hand over the books when he went into hospital and a sharp-eyed stand-in noticed discrepancies in the accounts.
His defence lawyer told the court that Aylott has serious health problems plus issues with gambling and alcohol.
Magistrates said they did not have sufficient powers to sentence him and the case will go before a judge at Taunton Crown Court on September 30.
A long-standing Freemason, Aylott, who has no previous convictions and is single and lives with his elderly mother, was released on unconditional bail.