Fundraiser fired and reported for having three jobs

  • This story was updated on 26 August 2011: see final paragraph

A major donor fundraiser has been sacked and reported to the police after being discovered working for three charities at the same time.

The British Polio Fellowship last week dismissed Andrew Coutts, a fundraiser who worked from his home in south Wales, for also working full-time for Autism Speaks and part-time for the Dyspraxia Foundation.

The BPF said he raised no money in 10 months in the £30,000-a-year post. "It's fraud and I've reported it to the police and written to the Charity Commission," said Graham Ball, chief executive of the charity.

Ball said his organisation has not expected immediate results from Coutts, but eventually became suspicious and Googled him.

Coutts said: "It's an employment issue between myself and the British Polio Fellowship, and I refute the allegation of fraud.

"For a short time I was employed full-time by another organisation, but I did all the work that was expected of me."

Autism Speaks said it employed Coutts from May until he resigned last week.

  • Andrew Coutts has assured Third Sector that no fraudulent or criminal actvity by him was identified by the police and that no legal action was taken against him

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