The former counter-fraud and loss-prevention manager at Oxfam UK has pleaded guilty to defrauding the charity of almost £65,000.
Edward McKenzie-Green, 35, of Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, pleaded guilty to one charge of fraud by abuse of position at the Old Bailey in London on Wednesday.
A further charge of theft remains on file, the court said, and no evidence was offered on a third charge of concealed transfer of criminal property against McKenzie-Green’s father, Edward Green, for allegedly helping him to launder £35,000.
McKenzie-Green made payments of £64,612.58 from Oxfam to fictitious companies between February and December 2011, City of London Police confirmed. Oxfam said it would try to recover the money.
In a statement, the charity said that, like other international aid agencies, it worked in environments where there was a risk of fraud, but it had robust counter-measures in place, including a confidential whistleblowing hotline.
"Oxfam uses donations to help eradicate poverty and suffering across the world," said Oliver May, head of counter-fraud at Oxfam. "For someone to commit fraud and use that money for their own personal gain is clearly unacceptable.
"The actions of Edward McKenzie-Green were brought to light by Oxfam’s own robust counter-fraud measures. We work tirelessly to ensure that money donated to Oxfam is not lost through the actions of rogue employees such as him."
McKenzie-Green will be sentenced on 16 May.