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Charity Commission redistributes £196,000 in funds “likely to have been used as non-charitable expenditure”

Howard Lake | 15 December 2020 | News

Earlier today the Charity Commission announced it was redistributing almost £200,000 from a pair who had raised the money but could not show how all funds were used.
Mr Mohammed Hasnath and Ms Ruksana Ali operated two online fundraising platforms, claiming to be raising money for Rohingya refugees. Whilst they never registered the fund as a charity, its stated purpose made it charitable under the law.
In 2018, the Commission uncovered the fund and that its trustees were asking for donations to their personal bank accounts. Information on the platforms showed over £200,000 had been donated to the fund.
Today, the Commission reported the outcome of its statutory inquiry into the case, finding:

The Commission has removed both trustees from the fund and disqualified them from acting as trustees or holding a senior management function at a charity.

Steve Roake, Head of Compliance, Visits and Inspections at the Charity Commission, said: “Charities exist to improve lives and strengthen society, so it is vital that trustees fulfil their responsibility to act in the best interests of their charity at all times. Instead, this inquiry uncovered misconduct by these trustees who likely allowed funds to go astray and demonstrated a disregard for the standards and behaviours expected of them. It’s right we’ve removed these individuals from acting as trustees.”
“We’re glad we’ve been able to use our powers to protect the remaining funds and ensure this money has now safely reached the cause for which it was intended.”

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The Commission has transferred the remaining £196,528.58 raised by the fund to two registered charities that support Rohingya refugees.
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