Press release: Almost ¾ of insider frauds at charities enabled by excessive trust and lack of challenge from others within the charity

first_img Press office Press mobile – out of hours only 07785 748787 Email [email protected] The Commission issued a 6 week long call for information to help charities better understand the risks and causes of insider fraud, and therefore how to better protect their valuable assets. The Commission received over 50 responses, with a third of responding charities having an income of over £1million. The study also identified that 19% of frauds reported to the authorities resulted in a prosecution, 38% recovered part or all of the money/assets taken, and 76% of the frauds prompted media coverage.The Commission has published advice for charities on improving their resilience to fraud, as well as a number of anonymised case studies alongside the report. These demonstrate cases of poor or non-application of financial controls, low fraud awareness, and excessive trust or lack of challenge.Previous analysis by the Commission found that a third of frauds committed at charities and reported to the Commission were suspected to have been committed by charity staff, trustees or volunteers.Anyone who suspects fraud in a charity, should make a report to the police, the charity in question and also report it to us as a serious incident to the Charity Commission.EndsNotes to editors The Charity Commission is the independent regulator of charities in England and Wales. To find out more about our work, see the about us page on GOV.UK. Search for charities on our check charity tool.center_img The Charity Commission, the regulator of charities in England and Wales, has published the findings of a study which has found that cultural factors, such as placing excessive trust or responsibility in individuals, or the lack of internal challenge and oversight, contributed to 70% of insider frauds within a sample of charities analysed by the Commission.The Commission is therefore urging all charities to foster a culture where staff, trustees and volunteers are reminded of the need to challenge any concerning behaviour and not turn a blind eye when internal processes aren’t followed.The findings follow a number of high profile cases of insider fraud in charities recently, including Birmingham Dogs Home, where the former chief-executive stole £900,000 from the charity. The head of finance at NSA Afan was jailed earlier this week for spending almost £54,000 of the charity’s money for her own personal gain.Michelle Russell, Director of Investigations, Monitoring and Enforcement at the Charity Commission, said: Today’s report has confirmed what we already suspected from our casework in this area. The crucial lesson for charities isn’t about introducing lengthy counter-fraud policies. It’s about changing people’s behaviours and encouraging staff and all those involved in charities to be vigilant and speak out when things don’t seem right. This must be demonstrated by everyone in an organisation to be truly effective. The vast majority of charity workers do incredible work but, as we’ve seen in some troubling cases recently, sadly charities aren’t immune to fraud. A dangerous combination of a lack of accountability and controls not being consistently applied can make any charity – big or small – vulnerable, and create opportunities for fraudsters that will have devastating effects. Everybody has a part to play in the fight against charity fraud to ensure the public’s generous donations reach those who need them most.last_img read more

China’s national oil company brings first offshore wind project into operation

first_imgChina’s national oil company brings first offshore wind project into operation FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:China’s offshore oil and gas major CNOOC Ltd announced on Tuesday that its first offshore wind power project has connected to the grid and begun to generate powerThe wind power project, located in the sea area nearby China’s eastern province of Jiangsu, and with a total installed capacity of 300 megawatts, is scheduled to fully come into on-grid production by end of 2020, CNOOC said in a press releaseThe project, planned to be equipped with 67 wind turbines, is expected to have annual on-grid power generation reaching approximately 860 million kilowatt-hours, CNOOC saidChina’s state energy giants including PetroChina, Sinopec and CNOOC Ltd have all laid out plans to develop renewable projects, in an effort to stay relevant in a low-carbon future.[Muyu Xu and Chen Aizhu]More: China’s CNOOC launches first offshore wind power plantlast_img read more

Price Chopper and Target to reserve one hour for seniors, vulnerable shoppers

first_imgAccording to a Facebook post made by Target CEO Brian Cornell, all Target stores will be open every Wednesday for the first hour of shopping for seniors and shoppers that are vulnerable to the coronavirus. In a statement Grimmett said, “Our focus on sanitation and supply chain flow places priority on the customer experience, helping us to reassure customers that the food supply is not in jeopardy.” (WBNG)- Target and Price Chopper have now both announced that they will be giving the first hour of opening their stores to seniors and to those who are vulnerable to the coronavirus. In a press release CEO of Price Chopper, Scott Grimmett said they will close all of their locations at 10 p.m. starting on Wednesday March 18 and reopen at 7 a.m. for the general public starting on March 19 so their workers can clean their stores and restock shelves. For more on the coronavirus, click here.center_img Cornell said, “As I’ve said from the onset, a commitment to help all families is at the heart of Target’s purpose. Our goal is to be here for you and keep navigating this uncertainty together and we will do everything in our power to live up to that promise.” They then will open the stores from 6 a.m. to 7 a.m. everyday starting on Thursday March 19 for seniors and for those who are more vulnerable. They also said that all rain check policies have been suspended. The stores also will be closing at 9 p.m. every day starting March 18, so that their workers can clean the stores and restock the shelves.last_img read more

Sumner County Court Docket: August 16, 2013 report

first_img by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following are a list of criminal court complaints recently filed by the Sumner County Attorney’s office.These are formal charges introduced into the Sumner County District Court system. The suspects listed in the complaint have not been tried by a judge or jury. All citizens are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. •••••Paul Eugene Osborne, Jr., born in 1981, of South C, Wellington was charged with distribution of methamphetamine, a Level 3 drug felony; and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia to facilitate drug sale, a level 5 drug felony; distribution of methamphetamine, a level 4 drug felony; and conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, a level 3 drug felony.On March 21, 2013, Osborne is accused of selling 1.5 grams of meth in a jewelry bag from his car seat in the Conoco Jump Start parking lot.On March 20, 2013, Osborne is also accused of assisting Curtis Everhart in selling about .17 grams of meth to a third person in a room at the Steakhouse Motel.•••••Andrew Finch, born in 1989, of Wichita and Joseph Bussart, Jr., born in 1991, of Wichita were charged with battery, a Class B misdemeanor; and disorderly conduct, a Class C misdemeanor.Finch and Bussart are accused of punching each other while arguing over a card game on July 26, while using insulting provoking words during the physical confrontation.Bussart pled guilty to battery on Aug. 9. He was sentenced to 90 days in county jail consecutive to Sedgwick County cases and ordered to attend anger management counseling at CSO’s discretion. Finch went to court on Aug. 15 for a disposition.•••••Tyler Hockenbury, born in 1959, of Argonia was charged with theft, a Class A misdemeanor; and violation of protective order, a Class A misdemeanor.Hockenbury is accused of stealing a bicycle worth about $350 on July 3, 2013. He also was charged for violating a Sumner County protection from abuse order after he contacted a person that he was prohibited by law from contacting.•••••Wesley Hudson, born in 1957, of Salina Kansas was charged with theft, a Class A misdemeanor; possession of narcotics, a level 5 drug felony; traffic in contraband in penal institution, a level 6 felony; and possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor.At the Kansas Star Casino on July 28, 2013, Hudson is accused of taking chips from another person who got up to use the restroom while leaving the chips on the table. Hudson allegedly mixed the person’s chips up with his own while playing blackjack.He was later allegedly found to have methamphetamine in a baggie, a narcotic drug at the Sumner County Jail, and attempted to introduce it into the correctional facility without the permission of Sheriff Darren Chambers and jail administrator Steven Porter.Hudson is to have a disposition at Sumner County District Court on Aug. 29.•••••Jesse Burnett, born in 1991, of Conway Springs was charged with two counts of battery, Class B misdemeanors.Burnett is accused of striking another family member during an argument when he was allegedly intoxicated. He then is accused of pushing an elderly family member when she tried to break up the fight. He had a court disposition on Aug. 15.•••••Victoria Jay, born in 1993, of Derby was charged with failure to dim lights; possessing marijuana, a class A misdemeanor; and possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor.On July 27, Jay is accused of operating a motor vehicle west on U.S. 166 in Sumner County and failing to dim her lights while approaching a vehicle driven by a Sumner County Sheriff deputy.It was allegedly discovered that she had a small quantity of marijuana in a blue glass pipe elsewhere in the vehicle.•••••Joseph McMahan, born in 1991, of Belle Plaine was charged with possession of methamphetamine, a level 5 drug felony; possession of marijuana (second offense), a level 5 drug felony; contributing to a child’s misconduct or deprivation, a Class A misdemeanor; two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, Class A misdemeanors; and three counts of transporting an open container, unclassified misdemeanors.On July 25, McMahan is accused of having meth and marijuana inside a baggie in his white -colored car. He is also accused of encouraging a child under 18 to possess marijuana.He also allegedly had rolling paper, plastic baggies, and three alcoholic beverages in the vehicle.McMahan will hold a court disposition on Sept. 5.•••••Ruben Salazar, born in 1968, of Sumner County Jail was charged with battery against a law enforcement officer; a level 5 felony.Salazar is accused of willfully and intentionally causing physical contact with a Sheriff Deputy in a rude, insulting or angry manner while the deputy was engaged in the performance of his duty at the county jail facility.•••••James Charles Dick, born in 1974, of Wellington was charged with burglary of a dwelling, a level 7 person felony; and theft, a class A misdemeanor under a value of less than $1,000.Dick is accused of entering  a single wide trailer located at 420 East Maple in Wellington on July 27 and taking a 43 inch Samsung Plasma television.•••••Miguel Ray Machado, born in 1986, of Wichita was charged with possession of marijuana, a Class A misdemeanor; and possession of drug paraphernalia, a class A misdemeanor.Machado is accused of possessing marijuana in a Marlboro box to store.•••••Jenny Marquez, born in 1987, of Omaha, Neb. was charged with  possession of marijuana, a Class A misdemeanor; and possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor.•••••Justin Ford, born in 1973, of Derby was charged with theft, a level 9 felony.Ford is accused of getting unauthorized control over a 2013 White Cadillac Escalade valued more than $1,000 on Aug. 5.•••••Scott Stout, born in 1978, of Tonkawa, Okla. was charged with possession of marijuana, a Class A misdemeanor; and possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor.•••••Darcy Diane Dickover, born in Tonkawa, Okla. was charged with possession of marijuana, a Class A misdemeanor; possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor; no current registration; and failure to provide proof of insurance, a Class B misdemeanor.On July 21, Dickover was accused of having marijuana and a baggie after being stopped by Wellington Police on 15th Street.•••••Patrick Bennett, born in 1988, of Wellington was charged with two counts of criminal threat, level 9 felonies; harassment by telecommunication device, a Class A misdemeanor; violation of a protective order, a Class A misdemeanor; and theft, a Class A misdemeanor.Bennett is accused of sending a text message to someone threatening to burn her house down. He also allegedly violated a protection from abuse order to see her. He also then allegedly threatened the alleged victim that he would hurt her if she called the police. He then is accused of taking the victim’s class ring and engagement ring.•••••Curtis Redmond, born in 1993, of Ponca City, Okla. was charged with burglary of a non-dwelling, a level 7 felony.Redford is accused of entering Main Street Car Wash with intent to commit a theft therein.•••••Robert Kidder, born in 1983, of Winfield and David Hunter II, born in 1969, who is homeless and currently in Sumner County jail were charged with battery, a Class B misdemeanor; and disorderly conduct, a Class C misdemeanor.Kidder and Hunter were accused of brawling and using angry words against each other on Aug. 8.•••••Johnny Jackson, born in 1967, of Arkansas City and Walter Jackson, born in 1978, of Ponca City, Okla. were charged with burglary of a non-dwelling, a level 7 felony; theft, a class A misdemeanor; and criminal damage to property, a level 9 felony.The Jacksons are accused of entering Main Street Car Wash with intent to commit a theft within. They allegedly took various coins and U.S. Currency less than $1,000. They are also accused of damaging the change machine, door and other property to obtain the coins.•••••John Sinkler, born in 1966, of Wichita and Jennifer Calvert-Perkins, born in 1975, of Wichita were charged with domestic battery, a Class B misdemeanor; and disorderly conduct, a Class C misdemeanor.Sinkler is accused of throwing a drink on Calvert-Perkins and hitting her on the side of the head. Calvert-Perkins is accused of throwing a drink on him. Both were accused of using fighting words or engaging in noisy conduct tending to arouse, alarm, anger or resentment of others.•••••Dean Rogers, born in 1967, was charged with possession of methamphetamine, a level 5 drug felony; two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, Class A misdemeanors; and criminal trespass, class B misdemeanors.Rogers is accused of possessing meth inside a baggie and a glass pipe on August 6 at the Kansas Star Casino, which he was not authorized of entering.last_img read more