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Three men arrested in charity fraud investigation

Warrants carried out in Derby on behalf of Kent Police

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Three more men have been arrested as part of an ongoing Kent Police investigation into alleged charity fraud.

Warrants were executed on behalf of Kent Police by officers in the Derby area on Wednesday 7 May. The three men - aged 42, 41 and 39 - and all from the Derby area - have been taken to a local police station for questioning.

The ongoing investigation follows a seizure of cash at the Port of Dover on 23 December 2012. Nine men previously arrested in March 2014 remain on bail until September 2014.

A dozen arrests

Detective Chief Superintendent Chris Hogben of Kent Police said: 'We have now arrested 12 men across the country as part of an ongoing investigation into the alleged fraudulent use of funds from four UK-based charities. Our investigation aims to ensure funds given by the public reach their intended destination and are not used in connection with criminal activity.

'It is imperative that the public has confidence in the charities they support and in the money they are donating being used for the purpose it is intended. We are working with our partners around the country and want to hear from anyone who has information relating to the fraudulent use of charity funds.'

Hotline for information

Anyone who has information should call Kent Police¿s dedicated hotline on 07964 132889.

The Charity Commission, one of Kent Police¿s partners, has issued Safer Giving advice on its website for the public wishing to fundraise for or donate to charities assisting those affected by the Syria Crisis. The Charity Commission is aware of the arrests and continues to support this investigation.

Posted on: 7 May 2014

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