Monday, April 28, 2008

Illicit financial dealings tied to charity - United Press International - 19th April 2008

SYDNEY, April 19 (UPI) -- A portion of the money raised by the Australian humanitarian group Just Enough Faith was spent on gambling efforts, the Sydney Daily Telegraph reported.

The newspaper said in its Sunday edition that its investigation into the financial dealings of the homeless assistance group found that nearly $150,000 raised by the organization was allegedly spent on gambling efforts.

The Telegraph said bank records for the charitable group, run by noted philanthropist Jeff Gambin, showed the funds were withdrawn at the Balmain Tigers Leagues Club between June 2005 and June 2007.

One source within the charity said it was common knowledge Gambin was the lead suspect regarding the withdrawals made for gambling purposes.

"Everyone knew about his gambling," one anonymous source told the Telegraph.

Gambin has denied allegations he had a gambling problems, saying he would withdraw money to aid homeless people around the Sydney club.

"I couldn't have done what I've done for people in the last 15 years if what you are saying was true," the one-time Sydney Humanitarian of the Year said "My only gamble is with people.''

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