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Police to investigate 'financial matters' at JSPCA

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STEPHEN Coleman is no longer the JSPCA's chief executive and the States police have been asked to investigate 'financial matters' following an internal review, the charity's president has confirmed.

Stephen Coleman

As previously reported by the JEP, Mr Coleman was asked to step away from his position as chief executive following an AGM in June. At the time, the organisation said he was on a 'leave of absence'.

Sources said that forensic accountants and lawyers were helping with an internal inquiry into possible financial irregularities.

Today, Charles Gruchy, the JSPCA's president, confirmed that Mr Coleman, who had led the organisation since 2006, was 'no longer employed' by the JSPCA.

He added: 'The committee has engaged external professionals to undertake a review of certain financial matters, as a consequence of which certain issues have been referred to the police for investigation.

'The committee has no desire to prejudice that investigation and so will make no further comment at this time.'

In a statement, Mr Coleman said: ‘I am not aware of any police referral at this time, but I am aware that third parties have raised significant questions regarding the corporate governance operations of the JSPCA Committee.'

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