Commission investigates asylum seeker charity after repeated failure to file accounts

25 Jun 2019 News

The Charity Commission has opened a statutory inquiry into Sree Bharathalaya, a charity for asylum seekers, refugees and the ethnic minority community in Coventry, after it repeatedly failed to file accounts on time.  

Sree Bharathalaya has failed to file its accounts and annual returns on time for three years in a row, with one set filed 736 days late.

It was previously included as part of a class inquiry into late-filers, but a separate inquiry has been established “due to continued non-compliance”, the Commission said. 

When the Commission examined the charity’s accounts, it found that they did not balance and there were discrepancies with those submitted to Companies House. 

The Commission also said there were inconsistencies about who was named as trustee with the Commission and who was listed as a director at Companies House. 

The charity is also late filing its accounts with Companies House. In October 2018 it changed its name on Companies House to Griffin Academy UK Ltd. It is also registered with Ofsted as a childcare provider. 

The inquiry opened in 2017, but the Commission was unable to announce or progress its work due to a separate HMRC investigation into the charity. 

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