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Design Charity Manager Charged in Theft

Thursday, July 16, 2015

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LONDON--A former office manager of a United Kingdom-based architecture charity has been charged with fraud and false accounting after £200,000 ($312,732 USD) went missing from the charity’s bank accounts, according to numerous reports.

Scott William Golding, 47, who served as Article 25’s office manager and bookkeeper was arrested and charged Tuesday (July 14) in the case, reports say, citing London’s Metropolitan Police Service.

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Article 25, founded in 2004, provides architectural, engineering and construction services to areas affected by disaster as well as vulnerable communities. Current projects include work in Haiti, Nepal and Myanmar.

Golding was scheduled to appear at Thames Magistrates’ Court Wednesday, the Architects Journal reported.

Officials with the Article 25 organization said they had been unable to reach Golding since the irregular account activity was first discovered June 29.

Article 25, founded in 2004, provides architectural, engineering and construction services to areas affected by disaster as well as vulnerable communities. Current projects include work in Haiti, Nepal and Myanmar.

Urgent Call for Help

In the wake of the financial discovery, Article 25 faced insolvency and issued an urgent call to raise £130,000 ($203,178 USD) in donations needed to continue its work on health and education facility projects, reports stated.

Article 25 was able to raise those funds by July 9, the organization announced on its website.

"There has been a truly magnificent, and very moving, response to our approaches to architects, engineers and the wider industry to pledge funds to enable Article 25 to survive," said Article 25 chairman Sunand Prasad.

"I cannot thank them enough for their solidarity, support and generosity. Having hit the target and decided to continue with our work with renewed vigour we will also take steps to ensure that Article 25's financial controls and procedures are the best in the charity sector, which is so vulnerable to theft and fraud."

In January, a U.S.-based architectural charitable organization, Architecture for Humanity, shuttered after being unable to continue funding its humanitarian efforts.


Tagged categories: Architecture; Architecture for Humanity; Business matters; Design; Disasters; Fraud; philanthropy

Comment from Tom Schwerdt, (7/16/2015, 9:33 AM)

Still likely to be more financially efficient than the Red Cross.

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