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Former FD jailed for stealing £800,000 from charity

Tuesday 17th July, 2018

A finance director has been jailed for six years after stealing nearly £800,000 from a charity closely associated with the Notting Hill Carnival.

Between March 2014 and December 2016 she defrauded the Carnival Village Trust and its trading arm Tabernacle W11 out of £784,262.56.

She made 530 separate payments into her account while employed by the charity.

The money was disguised as payments to legitimate Carnival suppliers and clients, as well as to government organisations.

She pleaded guilty at Isleworth Crown Court to one count of fraud and another of removing criminal property from the UK.

Andrew Caird, from the CPS, said, “Our prosecution was able to show that she had sent large amounts of money to her homeland of Trinidad and that she sought to cover her tracks by stealing financial documents that showed her illegal activity."

"Her offending took place over a period of almost three years and showed not only how calculated Chase Ali's actions were, but also demonstrated her complete disregard towards making a gain from taxpayers' money as well as the effect her dishonesty could have had on such an important community event."