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Plan International has a zero tolerance policy on all fraud, bribery and corruption. Our Counter Fraud Unit is dedicated to preventing, detecting and investigating cases of fraud. Read about some recently resolved cases below and download full reports.

We thoroughly investigate each case of fraud, recover costs wherever possible and analyse how each instance can be avoided in the future.

Forged cheques in West/Central Africa – December 2018

A Plan International staff member was dismissed after attempting to cash forged cheques at a bank. As a result, payment processes and ways of dealing with banks were improved.

Underpayment by a partner organisation in Asia/Pacific – May 2019

A partner organisation was suspected of not fully paying community facilitators for a project. The allegation was proven, and the partnership was terminated. The lost funds (€249) were recovered.

Attempted extortion in the Americas – August 2019

A Plan International staff member received an email attempting to extort money. It was reported to the police and no further internal action was taken. It is likely to be an email scam.

Relief items stolen in the Middle East, Eastern/Southern Africa – September 2019

Relief items were stolen from a store and there was no report of an external break in. An investigation proved that gross negligence by Plan International staff members led to the loss and 4 people had their contracts terminated. It was not possible to recover the lost relief items worth €2,526.

Fraudulent invoices received in Europe – October 2019

A Plan International office received invoices believed to be fraudulent. They were not paid and were handed over to the police for further investigation.