OXFAM SCANDAL: Under fire charity is losing half a million pounds A YEAR to fraud



Oxfam is be defeated around £500,000 to fraud each year.

According to the latest annual narrate for 2016/17, £496,000 was lost to fraud and corruption, of which there were 296 write up incidents that year.

The figure was just below the £537,000 bygone to fraud over 293 incidents in 2015/16.

The charity pulls in around £300million a year in Administration grants.

The annual report said: “We invested substantially to meet our powerful organisational counter-fraud objectives, tackling every level of risk (deterrence, blocking, detection and response) across all our programmes to continue to keep incidents of cheating and corruption to an absolute minimum. 

“Of the loss detected in 2016/17, so far we have revived £34k (six per cent of the detected loss), though as some cases are even so ongoing these figures may be revised. 

“Our dedicated anti-corruption team come out all right to build awareness and capacity amongst country staff, and developed a sort of tools, techniques and systems for staff to access.

“They also betrothed with other organisations to share best practice and develop sectoral proposals.”

We invested to all intents to meet our robust organisational counter-fraud objectives, tackling every flush of risk across all our programmes to continue to keep incidents of fraud and corruption to an out-and-out minimum.


Oxfam says the charity has also stepped up route of tackling frauds in recent years leading to more cases being categorized.

In the 2015/16 annual report, it said: “In 2015/16 recorded suspicions of treachery and corruption rose by 67.4 percent on the previous year, which we attribute to inflated vigilance in our programmes following improvements in the nature and reach of anti-fraud learning awareness.” 

The sum was just 0.1 percent of the total income of £414million for the year, the unselfishness added, but at the time, just £6,848 of the money has been recovered.

Although the enumerate of reported cases of fraud sky rocketed in 2015/16, the amount of cash cursed was down on the £652,149 lost to fraud in 2014/15, when £22,693 was scrabbled back following internal investigations. 

One high-profile case to hit Oxfam was when its earlier head of the counter-fraud team was jailed for defrauding the charity out of nearly £65,000 in May 2014.

Edward McKenzie-Green, 34, of Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, as rapped two years and five months imprisonment for making payments to fictitious solids.


Oxfam has come under the microscope since details of the Haiti earthquake sex blot on the escutcheon broke.

The Old Bailey learned McKenzie-Green made £64,612.58 in payments from Oxfam to fictitious proprietorships between February and December 2011.

The 2015/16 report said more was now being done to limit and tag fraud by Oxfam workers at home and overseas.

The report said: “We recognise that we use in some of the world’s most challenging environments, where fraud and corruption are key perils.

“We do not tolerate fraud or corruption, and have invested substantially in reducing them to an uncompromised minimum through an approach that tackles every level of jeopardize across all our programmes.”

An Oxfam spokesman told Express.co.uk: “Fraud involves in many types and it is not restricted to one country and is an issue that needs to be captivated seriously across all sectors of society.

“We refer cases of defrauder to the police. 

“It is not easy to recover losses due to fraud, we however do as much as is practicable to ensure that we get most of the money back.” 

The charity has been in the headlines after details of a reproving Haiti earthquake scandal in 2011 emerged.

Senior staff fellows hired prostitutes, who may have been underage, for a “Caligula-style orgy” in earthquake-torn Haiti in 2011, as revealed by a curse ating report.

The charity was accused of covering up the Haiti scandal after it let three men submit oneself to from the charity while firing four others for gross misconduct, according to the private report.

Express.co.uk revealed last year that sex abuse accusations within the charity were on the rise.

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