Charity Commission report on fraudulent applications for charity registration

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The Charity Commission has recently reported on 10 charities found to have submitted fraudulent documents in support of their applications for registration as a charity.

The applications had all been submitted between November 2012 and April 2014 and identical responses provided in answer to the Commission's queries on public benefit suggested the applications had originated from the same person or group.

The report highlights that it is a criminal offence to provide misleading or incorrect information to the Commission and serves as a reminder to trustees that great care should be exercised in ensuring that any information provided in support of applications, whether for charity registration or otherwise, is accurate.