Investigation into charity over unauthorised payments

The Charity Commission has opened a statutory inquiry into Fadak Media Broadcasts, over concerns about possible unauthorised payments

The Buckinghamshire-based charity has objects to advance the Islamic religion, to advance the education of the public in the Islamic religion, and to promote religious harmony. It was set up in 2015 and has not so far filed financial information.

On 4 August 2017 the Commission received a serious incident report from the charity in regards to suspicion of significant unauthorised payments from within the charity.

It says the report has raised serious regulatory concerns about the management and administration of the charity, and whether the trustees have sufficient oversight of the finances.

As a result, it has opened an inquiry to look at this and assess whether there is any ongoing risk to charitable assets and whether there has been any misappropriation of the charity’s assets and if so whether it is in the interest of the charity to pursue restitution.

The inquiry will also look at whether the trustees are capable of discharging their legal duties and responsibilities in relation to the financial and general governance of the charity, including oversight of the charity’s staff.

Once the inquiry is completed, the Commission will publish a report on the findings and outcome.

Report by Pat Sweet

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