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Amnesty accountant jailed for spending spree on employer’s credit card

Monday 24th September, 2018

A junior accountant who spent £43,000 of his employer’s money on a luxury lifestyle was sentenced to 21 months in jail at Southwark Crown Court.

The 27-year-old graduate worked in the finance team at Amnesty International’s London office between June 2015 and December 2016.

He used a credit card belonging to the charity to purchase flights, hotels rooms and other luxury items.

According to Amnesty international, the fraud was discovered when a team member carried out routine reconciliations.

Fraud and forensic experts were then brought in to investigate and the police and Charity Commission were notified.

He was arrested in December 2017 following the collaboration between Amnesty International and the UK authorities.

According to Amnesty International, the organisation takes cases of fraud extremely seriously.

"We operate strong internal controls and have a robust anti-fraud, bribery and corruption strategy in place," a spokesperson for Amnesty International said.

"We implemented all recommendations made by the external investigators in response to the incident and we are continuing to strengthen our fraud awareness culture throughout the organisation to help ensure future prevention," they added.