Lothian and Borders Police Nabs Fraud Charity Woman
In an unfortunate turn of events, the New Pyjamas campaign set up by the Sick Kids Friends’ Foundation at Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh has been temporarily freezed. Aimed to raise £15m funds, an embarrassing fraudulent case of staving-off charity funds by a 47-year-old woman has caught the people off guard. Though £500,000 was spent on the fundraisers for New Pyjamas, only £60,000 could be recovered from the charity event.
Confirming the news, Lothian and Borders Police claimed that the suspected woman Elaine McGonigle is expected to appear at Edinburgh Sheriff Court on 3 August.
In the wake of this case, further investigation is done to probe the work done by the supporting staff which was subsequently, reported to the police.
However, the Sick Kids Friends Foundation (SKFF) managed to get a clean chit from the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator. Confirming it, a SKFF spokesman said: "We have co-operated fully with Lothian and Borders Police's investigation. It would be inappropriate for us to comment further at this stage”.
Kick started in September 2008; Scotland's charity watchdog was roped in to investigate the campaign in February 2010. Following which, the campaign's Chairman, Graeme Millar, made a voluntary exit and its Director, Elaine McGonigle, was suspended.
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