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Charity CEO among those charged with conspiracy to commit fraud

Four people have been charged with conspiracy to commit fraud over the running of Newport-based charity Life Music Foundation.

The charity’s chief executive Clayton Richards, 38, from Cwmbran, was charged alongside fellow co-founder and trustee Daniel O’Connell, 38, from Newport. Nikki O’Connell, 35, and Gareth Williams, 33, both from Bridgend were also charged.  

The South Wales Argus reported that the charges follow a Gwent Police Investigation that lasted for several months. The four are due to appear at Newport Magistrates Court on 26 November.

The charity, who has been registered with the Charity Commission since 2009, states on its website that its main aim is to develop the music skills of primarily young disadvantaged people who have no means to pay themselves.

The site states that retired Wales rugby captain Gareth Thomas is both president and patron of the charity. The South Wales Argus claims Thomas held a dinner, attended by celebrities including Hollywood actor Mickey Rourke, to raise money for the charity. There is no indication that he was aware of any alleged wrongdoing.

A spokeswoman from the Charity Commission said: “We have been aware of the ongoing investigation of Gwent Police into Life Music Foundation and are also aware of the recent arrests connected to the charity.

“The police are keeping us informed of developments and once their criminal investigation is completed, we will then determine what, if any, regulatory concerns remain regarding the charity.”

The charity could not be contacted for comment.

This article was taken from Civil Society – http://www.civilsociety.co.uk/governance/news/content/16439/