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Long standing manager pleads guilty to defrauding The Red Cross of £350k

Wednesday 9th August 2017

A payroll manager has pleaded guilty to stealing more than £350,000 from her former employer The British Red Cross, over a seven-year period.

Third Sector reported, during November 2008, she began making payments that were apparently directed towards current and former employees of the charity but were actually going to accounts set up in her own name.

When she retired after 33 years of service working for the charity, members of staff noticed discrepancies in the accounts and uncovered her fraud. The charity then alerted the police and the Charity Commission and undertook an independent forensic financial audit.

The fraud started when she worked at the charity’s headquarters in central London and continued when she relocated along with payroll operations to Paisley in Scotland in 2008.

The charity has since taken several measures to further strengthen financial controls and procedures.

In a statement, Mike Adamson, chief executive of the British Red Cross said.

 “This member of staff was trusted to handle our money and that has given us cause to think long and hard about how we tighten up our procedures. We have put robust measures in place to prevent this from ever happening again.

“We have taken several important steps to review and further strengthen our financial controls and procedures to prevent this from ever happening again.

 “We are deeply shocked that someone from within the Red Cross community would betray our cause and our trust in this way. We are doing everything we can to recover the lost funds.”

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