Arrest of Plymouth church treasurer Nicola Holding is ordered
A JUDGE has ordered the arrest of a former treasurer accused of defrauding nearly £120,000 from her church, its pre-school and youth club.
Nicola Holding, aged 48, was due to appear at Plymouth Crown Court but failed to attend.
But her barrister Jo Martin told the court she was in hospital.
She added Holding was on a drip and waiting to be admitted to a ward.
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Holding, of Hamoaze Place, Devonport, has so far indicated "no plea" to three charges before city magistrates.
She is yet to appear at several hearings at the senior court because of illness.
Judge Paul Darlow issued a warrant not backed for bail.
He was told by police that she would not be arrested at hospital, but would be expected to surrender to custody as soon as she was discharged.
Holding is accused of dishonestly abusing her position as church treasurer at St Boniface's Church in St Budeaux, to make a gain of £50,794.79 between January 3, 2008, and June 17, 2011.
The second count, dated between May 5, 2008 and June 17, 2011 again charges her with committing fraud by abuse of position while acting as treasurer of St Boniface pre-school to make a gain of £68,080.44.
She also allegedly acquired £500 while working as treasurer of the St Budeaux Youth Project, also known as 'Budo Youth'. The total sum involved is £117,375.