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Non-profit group’s finance head steals funds

The former finance director of a Geneva-based peace organisation is accused of siphoning SFr3.8 million ($3.7 million) since 2004.

This content was published on August 28, 2010 - 15:59

As reported in Saturday’s French-language Tribune de Genève and Le Temps newspapers, the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (HD Centre) has lodged a criminal complaint against the man.

He is charged with diverting funds through various means, including forged documents. He was caught in the act in mid-June, at which point the HD Centre fired him and lodged an external enquiry.

The ex-finance director’s lawyer maintains that his client only stole SFr1.3 million, and not SFr3.8 million.

The HD Centre’s annual budget is SFr18 million, but it says that its peace-making activities will not be disturbed on account of the missing funds.

It is currently working to resolve 15 conflicts worldwide.

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