Charity Fraud

  • 06 Dec 2016
  • 17:30 - 21:00
  • DLA Piper, 3 Noble Street, London EC2V 7EE

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The Fraud Women's Network forthcoming event is on Charity Fraud which is kindly being hosted by DLA Piper on Tuesday 6 December 2016.

The agenda for the evening is as follows:

Registration and welcome drinks 17:30hrs to 18:30hrs

Speakers and Q&A: 18:30hrs to 19:30hrs

Networking drinks and canapes 19:30hrs to 21:00hrs

Our guest speakers will be talking on the following subjects:

Dave Carter, Head of Counter Fraud Management, British Council: Dave will be discussing the challenges of managing fraud within the charity sector, where resources are often stretched beyond breaking point and the reliance on trust significant. All this in environments around the world where fraud and corrupt practices are common place - and the threat from humanitarian disaster never too far away!

Sid Harding, Ballamy LLP, Forensic Accountants: Sid's presentation will take a brief but in-depth look at the workings of an audacious and aggressive tax avoidance scheme involving the use of a charity to generate fraudulent gift aid claims amounting to over £50 million. The presentation will take a look at the conduct of some of the main players including a Chartered Accountant who acted as trustee of the charity and the auditors who willing took part in the deceit. The presentation will also take a brief look at the legislative and regulatory regime that allowed this to happen and whether it could happen again.

Speaker Bios:

Dave Carter: Dave has been with the British Council since June 2015, where he was brought into a new role in order to design, build and then run the counter fraud function. Prior to this he performed a similar role at Save the Children International, where he had global responsibility for fraud & crime management. He devised and implemented the key strategies which allowed for this risk to be management in some of the most hostile environments on earth, and on occasions during the worst humanitarian disasters that have occurred in modern times. Travelling extensively, Dave built a global team to support the operational function, to provide reassurance to trustees, and to ensure compliance with legal and regulatory responsibilities.  The majority of Dave’s career was spent within the City of London Police, where he served for 14 years, rising to the rank of Detective Chief Inspector. Most of this time was spent as a Detective investigating serious and major crime, including homicide, until he moved into the Economic Crime Directorate.  Whilst there he specialised in international fraud, especially those involving organised crime groups targeting UK banks, whilst head of the specialist unit, the Dedicated Cheque & Plastic Crime Unit.

Sid Harding: Shortly after qualifying as a Chartered Accountant with the National Audit Office, Sid completed a four-year secondment as a Senior Investigator in the Companies Investigations Branch of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. Since then Sid has continued to build upon his career in forensic accountancy initially at Ernst & Young, subsequently at the American Bureau of Shipping and, most recently, at Ballamy LLP.  Since joining Ballamy LLP 10 years ago, Sid has been engaged on, and led, a large number of varied and high-profile forensic assignments, ranging from acting as an expert in numerous shareholder and matrimonial disputes to assisting international regulators in their remediation of the financial services sector. Sid frequently assists the Financial Reporting Council with investigations designed to reveal whether the conduct of regulated firms, or regulated individuals, failed to comply with the prevailing legislative and regulatory requirements. This has also included the assessment of an individual’s conduct due to his participation in an aggressive tax avoidance scheme involving a charity. 

We look forward to seeing you at the event.

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