Manager stole £444k from football charity

A charity office manager stole almost half a million pounds from the organisation over a 14-year period, a Charity Commission inquiry has revealed.

The regulator’s report, published last week, showed that training charity the Footballers’ Further Education and Vocational Training Society, which was funded by the Professional Footballers' Association, realised the money was missing from its accounts in December 2003.

Further investigation by the charity revealed that unauthorised cash withdrawals totalling £444,400 had been made between 1989 and 2003. The office manager, who has not been named, was prosecuted and convicted of the offence.

The formal inquiry, which ran from January 2004 to September 2006, found serious weaknesses in the control and management of the charity.

The charity has since been wound up and its assets transferred to other charities with similar objectives.

Third Sector Online was unable to contact anyone from the charity for comment.

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