Essex charity conman sentenced

11 Jun 2016

Essex charity conman sentenced

The principal trustee of a charity, who attempted to steal over £100,000 in a Gift Aid tax relief fraud, has been sentenced after an investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

Eyob Ghebre Sellassie, from Essex, submitted two Gift Aid declarations for 1,300 fictitious donations to African Aids Action, totalling £416,074. The false claims resulted in a Gift Aid tax repayment of £104,018 that he wasn’t entitled to.