Charity conman admits
The registered charity, designed to help firms in the region cut their carbon emissions, had an income of more than 250,0, according to recent accounts submitted to the Charities' Commission.
But following an internal audit, a probe was launched into financial discrepancies.
Police were alerted and it led to Cox, 49, of Sandyford Road, Jesmond, Newcastle, being charged under the new Fraud Act.
He was arrested on January 15 and given bail pending further inquiries.
Initially a theft charge was put to Cox on March 6 and he was set for trial.
But on the day of the hearing at Newcastle Crown Court, he pleaded guilty to two counts of fraud and one of deception involving around 15,0.
Cox had been a board member of the charity, then he became a trustee and part of his unpaid duties was to be a treasurer.
One of the indictments involved procuring the execution of a valuable security by deception, namely a cheque by falsely presenting it as part of a business.
The second and third fraud counts involve the abuse of his position of trust as a treasurer involving two invoices for a company he had set up.
Now he is awaiting sentence on November 7 after reports have been made on his background.
CNNE was established to encourage and assist individuals, organisations, businesses and groups reduce environmentally damaging emissions produced by their activities.
Trustees include the Bishop of Newcastle Rt Rev Martin Wharton, Lord Rupert Redesdale, Dr Nigel Martin, Professor Christopher Edwards,Edwards, youth 76ers jersey
Newcastle Councillor Gareth Kane, and David Miller.
All were unaware of Cox's activities.
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council managed the scheme but abandoned it in favour of other eco projects.
Council chiefs said they were scrapping the project because it was too hard to keep track of where the cash was going and whether the promised offsets were taking place.
The council said over the last four years the carbon offset scheme has helped to insulate homes in the city through Newcastle WarmZone, saving more than 5,680 tonnes of carbon, and contributed to the cost of installing electricity generating solar panels on the roof of flats in Newbiggin Hall.
It was said in May, Newcastle has developed a climate change strategy which took over from the work started by CarbonNeutral Newcastle, to meet Government targets. A council spokesman said: "Andrew Cox was a trustee and the treasurer of the environmental charity CarbonNeutral North East.
"The charity was an organisation set up with the help of the City Council to work with partners in both the private and public sectors to help reduce the region's contribution to global warming.
"The city council assisted CarbonNeutral North East with a strict audit process that revealed discrepancies that were immediately reported to the police, resulting in the court case against Andrew Cox.
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