Cooking the books !


Hertfordshire Mercury, 19th December 1914

At Watford Police court, on the Tuesday, James Heatson, of Sandringham Road, Watford, was charged with falsification of accounts.

Mr F. Wilson, for the prosecution, said that it was alleged that false entries had been made in the books of the International Health Association, Stanborough Park.  He asked for adjournment for a week.  Mr M. Arnold, who defended, asked for bail.

Superintendent Wood said “It will have to be substantial.  The amount involved is something like £2,000”.

The defendant was remanded for a week, bail being refused.

At the Police Court, on the following Tuesday, Mr Heatson, a clerk in the employ of the International Health Association, was committed for trail at the Quarter Sessions on a charge of falsification of accounts.  Mr Wilson, for the prosecution, said that the sum of £2,000 was involved.  Heatson, who was defended at this hearing by Mr Matthew Arnold, pleaded not guilty and reserved his defence.

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