Former PA to Mencap chief pleads not guilty to fraud

Asra Yildiz, 31, of Hackney in London, is accused in Blackfriars Crown Court of defrauding the learning disability charity of more than £34,000 while working as personal assistant to two chief executives

Blackfriars Crown Court
Blackfriars Crown Court

A former personal assistant to the chief executive of Mencap has pleaded not guilty to a charge of fraud against the charity worth more than £34,000.

Asra Yildiz, 31, from Hackney, east London, appeared at Blackfriars Crown Court yesterday charged with one count of fraud by abuse of position.

Yildiz was formerly the PA for Mencap chief executive Mark Goldring, who left the charity in 2013 to become chief executive of Oxfam. She also worked for Goldring’s successor, Jan Tregelles.

It is alleged that Yildiz fraudulently spent £34,768.20 using a company credit card between 18 November 2012 and 29 April 2014.

She was employed by the charity from 2011 until her dismissal in 2014 when the allegations came to light.

Yildiz will appear in court for trial on 29 August.

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