Former Oxfam chief scammed charity out of £65k during ‘breakdown’

13 Mar
March 13, 2014

A former anti-fraud chief for Oxfam admitted that he had scammed the charity out of nearly £65,000 in order to fund his addiction to prescription drugs.

Edward McKenzie-Green, 34, who became addicted to prescription drugs, pleaded guilty when faced with charges that he made payments from the charity to fictitious firms using false invoices between February and December 2011.

Prosecutor Adam King told the Old Bailey that the fraud by Mr McKenzie-Green, of Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, “was certainly carefully planned and real thought went into it”.

Defender Matthew Sherratt said Mr McKenzie-Green had a “serious addiction to prescription medication” and his marriage was failing.

“He effectively suffered a breakdown,” Mr Sherratt said.

Mr McKenzie-Brown was admitted to a psychiatric hospital in January last year when doctors noted his “erratic behaviour”, Mr Sherratt added.

McKenzie-Green is joint carer to a young child, the court heard.

But Judge Timothy Pontius said that a prison sentence would be “at the forefront of the court’s mind.”

Sentencing has been adjourned to May 16. A charge against his father for allegedly helping him to launder more than £35,500 was dropped.

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