Disability charity coordinator charged with fraud over four-year period

Feeraz Begum is among eight people who have appeared at Burnley Magistrates' Court on charges relating to the charity Caring Today

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The coordinator of the disability charity Caring Today has appeared in court charged with defrauding it over a four-year period.

Feeraz Begum, 44, this month appeared at Burnley Magistrates' Court charged with conspiring to commit fraud by abuse of position at the charity she helped to run between January 2009 and January 2013.

Begum, of Reedley Road, Brierfield in east Lancashire, was also charged with fraud by abuse of position in relation to two companies: Face 2 Face Associates UK Ltd, a company listed to her home address, and Homecare & Domiciliary Network Ltd, between 2010 and 2013.

It is alleged that Begum acted against the financial interests of Caring Today, while employed as a manager, to make a financial gain for herself and three other men.

Mohammed Sarfraz, 51, of Hartley Street, Nelson in Lancashire, Mohammed Nawaz, 42, of Vernon Street, Nelson, and Mohammed Fayyaz, 49, also of Reedley Road, Brierfield, were also charged with the same three fraud conspiracy offences.

Sarah Irshad of Cambridge Crescent, High Wycombe, Anam Iqbal, 24, of York Street, Nelson, and Farhat Afsar, 49, of Kelswick Drive, Nelson, were charged with money laundering; Asima Parveen, 29, of Camden Street, Nelson, was charged with false accounting during the same hearing on 6 March.

The eight accused deny the charges against them and were released on bail to appear at Burnley Crown Court on 9 June.

The charity, which was founded in 2002, provides respite facilities for children and young people with learning difficulties in east Lancashire.

It also provides an after-school club, youth club and a carers group as part of its services.

In the year to March 2013, the charity had an income of £15,735 and spent £74,775, according to the Charity Commission.

In the previous financial year, the charity had an income of £138,708 and spent £174,198.

The charity and one of its trustees were contacted by Third Sector, but nobody had responded before publication.

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