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Parents under Investigation for Misusing Funds meant for Child's Medical Treatment

Tags: charity, children, Financial Crime, Investigation, Malta, sports betting, UK.
Posted on 11 May 2021 by "T".

Financial transactions show big purchases, sports betting activity

Two parents are under police investigation for being suspected of misappropriating donations intended to fund their child's expensive medical treatment.

The police's Financial Crime Investigation Department sources confirmed that over the past year, they have been investigating the suspected misuse of tens of thousands of euros in charitable donations.

Tagged as "high-profile", the case is about the parents of a young child diagnosed with a life-threatening illness, who are strongly believed to have misappropriated donations meant to pay for overseas medical treatment.

However, investigators say that due to the fact that donations were given in small amounts, it is proving difficult to build a criminal case against the suspected fraudsters.

A senior officer said, "We are talking about donations to individuals raising money. So, one has to prove that the cash donated was not used for that specific purpose. This isn't like when you have a contractual agreement that is not honored. Some gave €2, €5, others €100, but there is no account to check this against."

Sources say the parents claimed they were in need of funds to finance their child's medical treatment in the UK, but it turned out that most of the treatment was provided absolutely free of charge. Other than that, their travel and accommodation to the UK was also largely financed by NGO Puttinu Cares.

While it is true that a part of the donations given to the family really did go to covering the cost of overseas treatment and living expenses, the police have found out that there were financial transactions linked to sports betting and there was also a relatively big cash purchase made by the child's parents.

It turns out that this is not the first of such cases investigated by police in recent years.

In the past five years, there were two similar cases that have also been reported to the police after donors and the regulator of voluntary organizations reported suspicions of irregularities. However, those cases were left unsolved because police were unable to gather strong enough evidence.

Recently, the country's charity laws were put in the spotlight after the government decided to redraft an attempt to close legislative loopholes that could make NGOs and charities vulnerable to money laundering.

Described as excessive by concerned NGOs, the rules would have required charity groups and individuals to first seek the approval of the commissioner of voluntary organizations in various steps involved in raising funds.

Aside from the need to apply for a permit that would only expire in a mere six months, those looking to use donation boxes for collections will have to pick them up from the office of the Malta Council for the Voluntary Sector and return there to count the money under close supervision.

Source: https://timesofmalta.com/articles/view/parents-under-investigation-for-misusing-funds-meant-for-sick-childs.870934

 


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25 comments on "Parents under Investigation for Misusing Funds meant for Child''s Medical Treatment"

 Cesar1411/05/2021 13:42:26 GMT
They should not call themselves parents, but something else, spending the money that is treatment for your child on sports bets and other things is a cruel action, they should investigate them to the end and pay for their faults in court, so it cannot happen and play with the people who donated.
 dule-vu11/05/2021 13:47:12 GMT
well we all know that this happened lot of times,in lot of countries,where people got money for their child,but they spent it on other things!its not something strange,especially when they had covered everything by state,but they asked other people for money!like somebody fix result on football games,other people will use money from child to their stuffs!I am not suprised!
 CALICUL11/05/2021 18:50:42 GMT
money is stolen almost all over the planet and the biggest thieves are politicians and bankers.
However, one really unfortunate thing is to steal money from donations, that are for your sick child. Such parents are a great shame.
 geseco1211/05/2021 21:23:10 GMT
It is a great shame, they should not love their son, they think about their own well-being, the money they have donated for their son and not for them, we have a society that moves backwards with each passing year, cruelty advances.
 dule-vu12/05/2021 14:30:21 GMT
we must be fair and to say that they didnt spend money that they need for their child,for hospital or something like that,because they had everything free from their goverment,even to travel in UK!
but ofcourse it was not ok that they collect money from other people and then to gamble!so they got them just because they used money on online gambling and if this was for some other things or in betting shops,they wouldnt know whats happening with money!
 CALICUL12/05/2021 19:25:52 GMT
I had such a case in Romania, The parents took a sum of money to buy two cars. Eventually they arrived with their daughter for surgery in France. He had cancer and escaped for a while. After that she had a baby and then died about 2-3 years after the operation. The parents got rich from donations, because people donated few hundreds k of euros after asking for money on TV. They created a company and have money now.
 Cesar1412/05/2021 20:21:57 GMT
It is unfortunate, they will think that they deceived people and nobody will know, but I am sure that God does know, and in the end they will have to answer to him, we believe we are alive doing that kind of thing, but in reality they are retarded that they do that with a baby.
 geseco1213/05/2021 01:38:36 GMT
Cruel, they should be behind bars, it is a crime for them to play that way with the life of a child with a critical illness, what they are interested in is money, they should investigate them to the end and pay their sentence. He cannot imagine how far this humanity will go.
 dule-vu13/05/2021 15:01:32 GMT
we all know that this kind of things we had in past and we will have in future!only difference is that now everything can be seen on internet,everybody can follow your transactions and so on,so we all know about it now!but somebody always will try to take money from other people,even if this is for their child!
 CALICUL13/05/2021 20:01:03 GMT
the character of his parents is obviously a pathetic one, because that child if he recovers and still has money from donations, it's good to keep into his account, not to be stolen by his mother and father. People are crazy about having money, and for that he steals from his own children.
 Cesar1414/05/2021 01:27:41 GMT
They are idiots, they should not call themselves parents, no matter how needy they are, they should never take the money that is not theirs, and still to spend it on gambling, that is ridiculous, they should pay their sentence and take the money, and the child .
 geseco1214/05/2021 03:57:18 GMT
There are quite a few news about this in the whole world, they should put a great prison sentence on these people who become those who do not have money to ask for money and use it for other things, that cannot happen anymore.
 dule-vu14/05/2021 15:20:28 GMT
they could spend this money on gambling or on new car,in every case its wrong,but its important that they didnt spend money that their child need and that he/she had care that deserve!on that hand we know that everything was good for child,but they will now pay for it and its question will this people,who made donations,help to somebody else after this scam!
 CALICUL14/05/2021 20:02:39 GMT
Unfortunately, mankind has a lot of work to do until they reach at spiritual maturity. I'm not sure if it arrives ever at such a performance, but there are many people who block this thing. Some out of carelessness, others out of cowardice, perversity, chalice, betrayal, etc...
 Cesar1415/05/2021 02:04:27 GMT
Nowadays the laws should be stricter and that the laws are complied with to the centimeter, I think that is why people do what they want, in my country almost the same thing happens, many times those who are to blame are not imprisoned and those who They do not have it, they enter Cana, the mafia will exist forever, we must change and enforce the rights of other people.
 geseco1215/05/2021 04:13:07 GMT
This will always happen, the human being is more immoral every time, he does not love his fellow man and much less in this case his son who is suffering from a disease, they give more importance to money than to the life of a human being, without explanation this.
 dule-vu15/05/2021 15:42:07 GMT
will say again and dont understandy why some of you write that this wasnt good for his child and how they could do this to him!as we can see child had everything,got even hospital in UK,so they didnt do anything bad to him!
ofcourse its bad that they took money from other people on childs name,but he got every help that he need,they didnt ignored him and his disease!
 CALICUL15/05/2021 21:10:57 GMT
laws are made by thieves for robbers, burglars etc... Bad people get light punishments in many corrupt countries, and small thieves get big punishments. That is why people have started committing illegalities, including that case.
 geseco1216/05/2021 05:01:33 GMT
Sometimes we cannot do justice on earth, but soon we will have to give an account to GOD, we cannot lie to him of our bad actions, we must be aware of our actions, but society is getting worse because I take GOD out of his heart.
 Cesar1416/05/2021 15:45:08 GMT
That's right, friend, we leave everything in the hands of GOD, but our authorities should be more severe on these specific cases and many more, there are many cases related to this around the world, many of the people are addicted to gambling and do impossible to have money and spend it on it.
 dule-vu16/05/2021 17:43:11 GMT
what a god have now with this and everything that this people do?we need to give "an account to god"?we have to open him account?what we read on this forum,this is some new level now Big Smile
geseco12 you will take god from his heart?from which heart you will take and who is that person?
cant believe what will people write just to collect some points!
 CALICUL16/05/2021 21:56:17 GMT
laws can be change very quickly, if those countries are run by quality people. Now there are many who are led by unscrupulous globalists, communists or other human rejections. In this way punishments are small, and right people suffer.
 geseco1217/05/2021 05:37:05 GMT
You do not understand what I mean, because you do not believe, but today society is very cruel, even the family itself pays you badly, what fault does this child have with the injustices of his parents who do not care about him.
 dule-vu17/05/2021 18:03:34 GMT
geseco12 you again write things that you dont know anything about and ofcourse you give wrong informations to members on forum!
will repeat words from my posts before!where do you see in this news that they didnt take care about their child?where do you see that didnt gave him medical care or that they didnt go in hospital with him?
yes,they "earned" money on his problem and they spend it on gambling and who know what else,but nobody didnt say that they didnt do everything to help him and to be with him!
 CALICUL18/05/2021 23:56:01 GMT
Humanity is no more so responsible as it was in the past, because it degrades and is trained by technology, politicians, food and other people without character. For these reasons, they no longer have respect for friends, family members or others. Desperation to have money, makes them to do so.

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