The former financial officer of a charity connected to the Notting Hill Carnival has been jailed for six years after she defrauded the charity of almost £800,000.
Nadia Chase Ali, 35 of Notting Hill, west London, was convicted on Friday at Isleworth Crown Court of fraud by abuse of position, theft and the removal of criminal property from England and Wales, relating to her time working for the Carnival Village Trust.
A statement from the Metropolitan Police Service said that Chase Ali was found to have made 530 payments worth a total of £784,262.85 between 2014 and 2016 while she was working for the charity and its trading arm, The Tabernacle W11.
According to the Charity Commission website, the Carnival Village Trust had an income of almost £1.5m and spent almost £1.6m in the year to 31 March 2017. The accounts were submitted 147 days late.
Chase Ali spent time as a financial officer at the charity and later as a freelancer, in which she held a position of trust and was supposed to safeguard the charity’s financial interests, the police statement said.
The payments were disguised as payments to suppliers, service providers and government organisations, police said.
Chase Ali also stole a large number of financial documents to conceal the fraud. These were found at her home when she was arrested on 16 March 2017, according to the police.
The documents included outstanding invoices, letters demanding payment and financial statements, the police said.
Chase Ali pleaded guilty to fraud by abuse of position and removal of criminal property from England and Wales on 11 June, but denied the theft of financial documents.
She was found guilty on 15 June.
The charity was unable to provide a comment before publication of this story on Monday.