ABC Uncovers possible fraud in charity Care 4 Kids

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation television program 7.30 has uncovered that the charity Care 4 Kids has received nearly $1 million in donations but will not provide further information on where exactly the $509,180 it claims to have paid to “beneficiaries” since 2011 has gone.

 

When contacted by 7.30 Care 4 Kids director Michael Johnson revealed that the charity does not provide any children with money directly, but pays two private tutoring companies Numbertaker Australia and Numbertaker Education to provide tutoring to children. The tutors are based in the Philippines and provide the tutoring online over Skype.

 

However, 7.30 also uncovered that both companies are owned by Michael O’Connor, the son of another of the charity’s directors, Edna O’Connor. When interviewed by ABC reporters, Michael O’Connor revealed that he had little knowledge of the operations of the tutoring companies or their connection to charity, Care 4 Kids.

 

The ABC also discovered that the two companies pay a consultancy fee to director Michael Johnson of approximately $10,000.

 

Care 4 Kids has provided information to the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission (ACNC). The ACNC was reportedly contacted by a member of the public with concerns about the charity. Although ACNC director Susan Pascoe would not provide the ABC with any further information on this case, it can only be assumed that they are investigating the charity and its directors.

 

The ABC provides more detail on this story including a video recording of an interview with Michael O’Connor here.

 

More information on Care 4 Kids Foundation of Australia is available in the ACNC register.

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