Charity treasurer disqualified for fraud

A charity treasurer has been permanently disqualified from acting as a trustee after he moved more than £24,000 of charity cash into an account under his sole control.

A Charity Commission report revealed that Dave Kumar, the former treasurer of the Ravidassia Community Centre in Darlaston in the west midlands, was convicted of forging signatures on cheques to transfer charity money into the account.

The document shows that Kumar opened a charity bank account that was under his sole control and moved £24,310 of the organisation’s money into it by forging signatures on cheques.

He pleaded guilty to four offences of “creating and using false instruments” in February 2007 and was given a suspended 30-week prison sentence for forging charity documents.

The court accepted that Kumar had been trying to obtain money that was owed to him, but still imposed a sentence. A further charge of theft was dropped. He has been disqualified by the commission from acting as a trustee for any other charity.

The regulator has called an election to put in place a new board to run the charity.

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