Saver/Naver caught for thousands of pounds of fraud



Saver/Naver created fraudulent cheques

Saver/Naver created fraudulent cheques

 

A south Armagh group has been uncovered for defrauding thousands of pounds of public money.

An investigation found that the group, Saver/Naver, has raised millions of pounds since it was created.

Politicians have called for an inquiry into the financing of victims of the groups sly dealings.

Allegations made in the programme have been strongly denied.

SDLP MLA Dominic Bradley said the programme raised “very serious issues” about the management of public funds by the group.

“These are issues which need to be fully investigated by government to establish the weaknesses in procedures which have brought about this situation,” he said.

The creation of fraudulent cheques and invoices to draw down public money was revealed in The Spotlight programme.

The fraudulent happenings also surrounded a PSNI grant. The allegations made were supported by a whistleblower.

The groups chairperson, Reatha Hassan was awarded an OBE by the Queen for her voluntary work creating, allowing the group to gain a trustworthy image of a model victim’s group.

However, Mrs Hassan and her accomplice, Sabine McAllister, both named in the programme, Mrs Hassan, and Sabine McAllister, who was also named in the programme as being involved in the fraud, denied all claims made against them which police are currently investigating.

SDLP MLA Dominic Bradley said the programme raised “very serious issues” about the management of public funds by the group.

“These are issues which need to be fully investigated by government to establish the weaknesses in procedures which have brought about this situation,” he said.

The TUV’s Jim Allister said that as an MEP he had helped Saver/Naver and was “greatly saddened” by the revelations.

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