Army charity reports serious incident as police investigate potentially missing funds

09 Apr 2024 News

By Andrey Popov/ Adobe

Army Museums Ogilby Trust has reported a serious incident to the Charity Commission about its financial management as it is investigated by the police.

The charity – whose vice-patron is Lord Soames, grandson of Winston Churchill – previously had Prince Andrew as a patron.

According to a Daily Mail report, Wiltshire Police is investigating up to £400,000 of the charity’s money, which cannot be accounted for.

Wiltshire Police confirmed the investigation but said it was not commenting further at this stage.

A Commission spokesperson said: “We can confirm that, in line with our guidance, the trustees of Army Museums Ogilby Trust reported a serious incident to the Commission in relation to concerns about the charity’s financial management and potential misappropriation of funds. 

“We were satisfied that trustees were responding appropriately to the matter and that there was no immediate regulatory role for the Commission.”

The Ogilby Trust most recently reported an income of £2.57m to the regulator, including £2.18m from one government grant. Its total expenditure was £2.89m.

The charity did not respond to Civil Society’s request for comment.

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