Former Oxfam “Head of Counter-fraud” guilty of £64,000 fraud.
Oxfam Fraud Edward McKenzie
Edward McKenzie-Green is a former Head of Counter-fraud at Oxfam. McKenzie-Green defrauded the organization of thousands of pounds while investigating fellow charity workers in earthquake hit Haiti. Investigators found that McKenzie-Green had filed 17 fake invoices from bogus companies over nine months, amassing £64,612 before resigning amidst unrelated disciplinary proceedings. Some of the defrauded money was paid into accounts belonging to his father Edward Green.
Details about the Oxfam scam
McKenzie-Green was later given a £29,000 “golden handshake” upon agreeing to resign from Oxfam. The scam only came to light when investigators tried to contact the head of an Oxfam partner company, Keith Prowse, for an explanation of invoices referenced “intelligence investigation”, “surveillance equipment” and “Haiti confidential”. It became apparent that Keith Prowse was a pseudonym for McKenzie-Green, who was then transferring cash into his own account and spending it. McKenzie-Green had a serious addiction to prescription medication and was moved to a psychiatric hospital after suffering a break-down.
The money that McKenzie-Green stole was intended for people in desperate need of financial aid. He lost his job and his family on account of his addiction and his actions.