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UK charity regulator investigating eight fraudulent charities

The Charity Commission is undertaking a class statutory inquiry into a group of charities alleged to be involved in money laundering, which had common trustees. The Commission has been investigating the charities since June 2014 when it was notified of a Metropolitan Police investigation into the charities over concerns that they were being used to launder £10 million.

The Commission found a pattern of regulatory concerns across the charities, including signs of fraud and mismanagement. A class statutory inquiry was launched on 13 June 2014 but the Commission was unable to announce the investigation until now in order to avoid prejudicing criminal proceedings.

On 26 June 2019 the administrator of Chabad UK was convicted of laundering money through the charities, as well as for supplying false information to the Commission. He was sentenced at Southwark Crown Court on 4 July 2019.

Amy Spiller, Head of Investigations Team at the Charity Commission, said: “This case has involved a dishonest abuse of charity and we welcome the sentence. Charities exist to do good and strengthen society, so abuse of position of this kind has no place in charity. It is right that the individual has been held to account for his actions through the conviction.”

The inquiry has included examining:

  • the use of the charities for a non-charitable purpose and as a conduit to launder the proceeds of crime;
  • the misapplication of charitable funds for an improper or criminal purpose;
  • personal benefit to trustees in breach of trust;
  • how the charities were set up;
  • the supply of false or misleading information to the Commission.

The charities involved are:

  • Chabad UK
  • Havenpoint Worldwide Limited
  • Mamosh Worldwide Limited
  • Or Simcha
  • Ozer Dalim limited
  • Pikuach Nefesh Ltd
  • Worldwide Hatzala Ltd
  • Havenpoint Limited

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