UK: Charities hire criminal investigators as pressure mounts over fraud

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Rising mistrust of international charities and a public push for greater transparency on spending in corruption-prone crisis zones are compelling some non-government organisations (NGOs) to hire a new recruit – the criminal investigator.

In a bid to prevent as well as report fraudulent activity, Plan International, Oxfam GB and International Medical Corps are among those to have appointed trained counter-fraud directors at their head offices.

Others, such as Medicins Sans Frontieres, Handicap International and Action Against Hunger use auditors and finance officers to handle cases of fraud.