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Article 25 office manager gets four years in prison

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Office manager and bookkeeper Scott William Golding has been sentenced to four years and eight months in prison after defrauding architecture charity Article 25

The 47-year-old was charged in the summer in connection with the disappearance of more than £260,000 from the humanitarian architecture and disaster relief organisation’s bank account.

He had pleaded guilty to charges of false accounting and fraud by abuse of position in November.

Golding had used his position as Article 25’s office manager and bookkeeper to authorise payments from the charity to his own bank account for extra pay and bonuses and for goods and services that were nothing to do with Article 25.

The organisation, which has carried out projects in Nepal, Haiti, Ghana, and Burkina Faso, successfully raised £130,000 to replace the some of the missing monies following an emergency fundraising campaign in July.

Nasreen Yadallee, CPS London reviewing lawyer, said: ‘Scott Golding cruelly abused the trust of his employers at the charity purely to satisfy his own greed.

‘He made inflated salary payments to himself and paid his rent from the charity’s account. He also used the charity’s bank card to pay for goods from stores including Alexander McQueen, Gucci, Prada and Harrods.

‘He went to every effort to cover his tracks by falsifying bank account statements to omit the fraudulent payments and diverting calls from the bank to himself.

She added: ‘Golding’s callous actions almost caused the collapse of the charity, which has done so much good work around the world.

‘Golding has now been brought to justice for his deception and we will be using the Proceeds of Crime Act to retrieve the money he stole.’

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