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Financial fraud in the church - it would never happen here

By Stephen Matthews | 28 September 2013

We want to believe that the relationships and trust that are central tenants of church life mean that financial fraud would never take place. Sadly, and often all too late, we can come to realise that this is not always the case.


fraud - it couldn't really happen here, could it?

By Stephen Mathews | 21 May 2012

Trustees have a responsibility to understand, manage and control the financial activities of their charities.  It is all too easy to think that financial loss happens to someone else, not to you: “it really couldn’t happen here”. Yet you can still find yourself facing an unwanted financial situation as events unfold around you.  This was the case with a church recently who, for the lack of some basic controls, found themselves facing a £10,000 loss, the danger of unwanted publicity, and a pastoral issue thrown in for good measure.