Red Cross: $6 Million for Ebola Fight Stolen Through Fraud


Fraud by Red Cross employees and others wasted a minimum of $6 million meant to battle the lethal Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the group confirmed on Saturday.

The revelations observe an inside investigation of how the group dealt with greater than $124 million in the course of the 2014-2016 epidemic that killed greater than 11,000 folks in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea.

The illness erupted in Guinea and rapidly unfold to Sierra Leone and Liberia. The worldwide help response was initially gradual, and cash — as soon as it arrived — was typically disbursed rapidly within the rush to buy provides and get help employees into the sphere.

As a lot as 2.13 million Swiss francs ($2.13 million) disappeared as the results of “likely collusion” between Red Cross workers and workers at a Sierra Leonean financial institution, the investigation discovered. It is believed that the cash was misplaced after they improperly fastened the change fee on the peak of the epidemic.

Image: An Ebola burial team loads the body of a woman, 54, onto a truck for cremation

An Ebola burial crew mbades the physique of a lady, 54, onto a truck for cremation within the New Kru Town suburb on Oct. 10, 2014 of Monrovia, Liberia.