Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator urges sector to report all fraud

Regulator says notification of cases provides 'valuable intelligence', even if they have been dealt with

Charities should report fraud to the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator even if cases have already been dealt with, according to its new anti-fraud strategy.

The OSCR strategy emphasises that the regulator takes a "risk-based" approach to dealing with allegations of fraud and has numerous preventive and monitoring partnerships with other law enforcement agencies, regulators and umbrella bodies.

It says that charities are not legally required to inform the regulator when they encounter fraud but applauds those that do so anyway.

"Not only does it indicate that charity trustees are taking their responsibilities seriously, it also provides valuable intelligence that allows the OSCR to provide advice and guidance for others to learn from the experience," it says.

It also notes that public confidence can be undermined by cases of "misrepresentation or simple misunderstanding" such as lack of clarity about an organisation's charitable status or disproportionate payment to its trustees.

Jane Ryder, chief executive of the OSCR, said fraud was rare but added that it was important it was prevented and detected quickly to avoid undermining public trust in charities.

"We aim to balance charities' own responsibilities with our role as regulator," she said. "We will focus on prevention through education and intelligence, without ignoring the importance of swift and appropriate action where necessary."

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