Finance Officer jailed for 6 years
Tuesday 17th July | by Cop(ex) | Connect with us on Twitter |
A trusted finance officer working for a Notting Hill Carnival Charity has been sentenced to 6 years imprisonment after stealing over £750,000 from the popular charity’s funds.
Convicted fraudster Nadia Ali, 34, transferred nearly £800,000 into her own personal bank accounts over a period spanning two years whilst she worked for the Carnival Village Trust in west London.
It was reported that Ali tried to disguise the transfers as genuine transactions to various ‘suppliers’ and ‘government organisations’.
Ali had attempted to cover up her criminal activity by dishonestly appropriating invoices and statements which were sent to the charity in a futile attempt to hoodwink her colleagues.
When arrested back in March 2017, Ali offered no explanation to Police Officers in relation to her actions.
At Isleworth Crown Court, Ali admitted to fraud by abuse of position and also to removing criminal property.
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Ali had denied theft of important financial documents from the Tabernacle in Notting Hill but was convicted by the Jury after her trial that spanned several weeks.
Ali, of Bonchurch Road, Hammersmith, was sentenced to six years imprisonment.
The Notting Hill Carnival is an annual event that has taken place in London since 1966 on the streets of Notting Hill, in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, each August over two days.
On average, 2 million people attend the event that has over 40,000 volunteers and requires over 6,000 Officers to Police the event.
On the CarnivalVillage website, it says that:
‘As London’s development agency for Carnival Arts, we promote the arts, crafts and business of the relatively unsung art form in the UK, extending to its roots and broader culture.
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‘We have the background to do so and are well placed in the locality of Notting Hill Carnival, Europe’s largest carnival and celebration of African Caribbean culture.
‘With preparation and performance central to Carnival Arts, we also run two venues in West London to enable this via our resident partners and other collaborations.
‘At The Tabernacle in Notting Hill, activities and events add to a diverse theatre and arts programme.’
At last years Carnival, over 300 arrests were made with nearly 30 Police Officers being assaulted.
Most of the trouble tends to take place on the Monday which is referred to as ‘adults day’ (based on my own experiences of Policing the Carnival over a period of 5 years.
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