Case report: Charity Fraud
Date: May 2010
Solicitor: Ruth Harris
Southwark Crown Court
Harris, an associate in the criminal department at Hodge Jones
and Allen, represented KB who successfully contested long-running
fraud proceedings before Southwark Crown Court. KB stood trial with
The case centred round a charity, the ‘People’s Opportunity to Work
Trust’. MPs, church leaders and other notables, were persuaded to
lend their support and provide the organisation with a veneer of
respectability. Three men were charged with conspiracy to defraud
after they were said to have used the charity as a front to deal
with huge sums stolen in a series of complex thefts. KB, with
5 others, were said to have laundered the proceeds of these
While three of her co-defendants were convicted, Ruth’s client was
found not guilty on the 5th May 2010 by unanimous verdict. She was
relieved to return to caring for her two young children and elderly
father without a stain on her character.
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