A Freedom of Information Request confirms that financial irregularities of The Ashley Foundation and its former 'CEO', Lee Dribben, are still the subject of an investigation
An investigation of The Ashley Foundation and its former 'CEO', Lee Dribben, was launched by the Charity Commission on 20 April 2020.
After more than eight months the investigation continues.
The Ashley Foundation, founded in 1997 and previously run by Dribben was purported to have been established to address the homeless community in parts of Lancashire. The charity made news in April when the Charity Commission announced an investigation into a number of financial dealings between the charity and its former CEO, who 'retired' in May.
WireNews made a Freedom of Information Request to the Charity Commission, in November, which has now confirmed that the "Commission opened a statutory Inquiry into the charity on 20 April 2020, which is ongoing".
The Ashley Foundation has also failed to provide the required financial reports and annual returns as required by law. As of this writing, the "Charity reporting is 253 days late", according to the Charity Commission's website.
Companies House also reports that the charity has failed to file its accounts that were due to be filed no later than 30 May 2020.
WireNews reached out to the Trustees for comment but no reply was received prior to publication.