Money donated to the ‘Save China’s Tigers’ charity fund was used by the organization’s founders for wine, dinners, and furniture. Even by corrupt charity standards, this one is off-the-charts.
The story was published by Bloomberg which, when not bending over and letting the Chinese government give it to ’em straight, is actually a fantastically good investigatory news organization. They report:
Stuart Bray and his wife, Li Quan, are fighting over about 50 million pounds ($81 million) of assets held by Save China’s Tigers, which they founded in 2000, in their divorce case in London. […]
Li’s evidence suggested she and Bray were defrauding the charity “on a grand and big scale,” Judge Paul Coleridge said to her at the hearing. “It was incredibly dishonest.”
Li said she had tried to ensure donations were spent on charitable projects, and the couple had used trusts to store their own assets.
“I bought furniture,” she said. “We had expensive dinners. We had expensive wines.”
It is unclear exactly how much tiger-money was pilfered by the couple, but “a grand and big scale” doesn’t exactly bode well for China’s endangered felines.
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