Tyrone Silcott, instructed by the Crown Prosecution Service, prosecuted Nadia Chase Ali at Isleworth Crown Court for fraud by abuse of position, theft of financial documents and transferring criminal property out of the United Kingdom.
Ms Chase Ali had been employed as a Finance Officer by the Carnival Village Trust (CVT) and later worked on a freelance basis for CVT. She abused her position to defraud CVT of £784,262.56.
CVT is a charity organisation funded by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and the Arts Council for the promotion of Carnival arts. It is an umbrella company with TW11 as a trading subsidiary. TW11 runs the Tabernacle which is a community arts venue providing facilities for support groups, hobbies, and other services for the local public.
Over a period of approximately two years from 2014 to 2016, Ms Chase Ali transferred money from CVT and TW11 accounts to four of her own personal accounts, transactions which she was not authorised to make. The transfers were made in five hundred and thirty separate payments totalling from CVT and TW11’s bank accounts £178,630.97 and £605,631.59 respectively. These payments were made under the guise of sending the money to service providers, suppliers and HMRC.
Ms Chase Ali was convicted following a trial and sentenced to six years imprisonment on 13thJuly 2018. HHJ Dennis when sentencing said that the Defendant had cynically betrayed the trust put in her by the charity. He said she had syphoned off money for her personal use and in doing so had threatened the very existence of a charity which is at the very hub of its local community.
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