Daniel Boulton was given the £5,000 grant by Hull City Council to set up a helpline for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community in the city, called the LGBT Switchboard Ltd to offer help and support.

He set up the group on April 20, 2008, making himself managing director.

However, within a month of receiving the grant, Boulton started spending the money on himself and used a company cheque to pay for a £1,500 holiday for four to Turkey, after He tricked staff into accepting the company cheque, which had a forged signature of the company secretary.

In June, Boulton forged signatures on a cheque for £2,300 and tried to use it to pay for accommodation and tried to cash a £700 cheque at the Moneyshop, which also bore false signatures.

The Honorary Recorder of Hull and the East Riding, Judge Michael Mettyear, said, “I would like you to pay every penny of it back but it is unrealistic and there is no prospect in the foreseeable future of you honestly raising enough to do so.”

Boulton has been sentenced to a community order for 12 months, with 12 months supervision by the Probation Service.

He was also ordered to carry out 300 hours of unpaid work in the community.

Boulton, of Branes Avenue, Cleethorpes, carried out the fraud between May and September 2008 and eventually pleaded guilty on his day of trial this week.

His barrister Stephen Lowne said: “He accepts he has now been dishonest. It was unsophisticated and was inevitably going to come to light.

“It seems very much it was spur of the moment.

“He has now removed himself from all these organisations and has nothing more to do with them.”

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