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FRAUD BY AN ACTUARY.

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FRAUD BY AN ACTUARY. James Woodward, of Neston, who has been actuary of the savings-bank there since the year 1825 (says the Liverpoal Mercury), is now in custody for frau- dulently appropriating to his own use the moneys of the depositors. The Neston Savings-Bank is an inde- pendent institution, managed by a board of directors, but the treasurer deposited the money of the bank in the Liverpool Bank for Savings. It appears that Woodward, who is about 70 years of age, was so well known and so much trusted by the villagers that he was in the habit of receiving the money from de- positors at his own house, in the street, or wherever it was presented to him. He, of course, entered the money cor- rectly in the books held by the depositors, but he did not enter it in the receipt cash-book, as he ought to have done when the bank opened, in the presence of one of the directors. Subsequently having access to the ledger, he entered the amounts to the credit of the depositors in the ledger, so that the ledger correctly showed the money due to depositors, and if the directors had insisted upon the-pre- paration of a balance-sheet by any other person than the actuary, the deficiency would have been at once detected. The Rev. R. W. Gleadowe, the vicar of Neston, was the trea- surer and he and the other directors appear to have had such implicit faith in Woodward, that no steps had been taken to check his accounts. It is said that, on making up the last statement, in November, he took the amount in the Liverpool Savuigs-bank and struck a balance, forgetting altogether that the treasurer had SOOt. in hand. Kvea thii does" not seem to have arpused the suspicions of the treasurer, and it was only on the Rev. Mr. Coxon, the vicar of Heswell, insisting on the production of the balance-sheet that Woodward, after several weeks' delay, confessed that he had been appropriating money to his own use. In round numbers the bank owes over 12,0001. to depositors, and there is only a sum of about 9 0002. to meet the liabilities, so that the appropriations of Woodward will be somewhere about, and will probably not exceed, 3,6001. It seems that the irre- gularities commenced about 1844. As may be supposed, there has been little regularity in the working of the -bank. The rules provide for filling up vacancies in the list of directors, but they have not been adhered to, and it is said that at the present time it is scarcely known who are the re- rnsible parties, the vacancies on the board «f sctors not having been filled up, while in other cases the gentlemen who have been named for the directory have not acted. Whoever the gentlemen may be who have allowed their names to go forth to the public as trustees, we trust that they will not allow the poor depositors to be losers by their neglect. The trustees can only be charged with having placed implicit con- fidence in a man who has grossly betrayed his trust, and the amount will scarcely be felt among the rich residents of the district but if the poor depositors are to suffer the loss, it will deprive many a hardwork- ing, honest man of years of saving, and reduce to beg- gary, in this inclement weather, some of the industrious and deserving poor of the district.

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