Freeman sentenced to 18 months Chair of the Institute of Scotland Maureen Harrison said: “Today’s sentencing finally brings complete closure to this matter and the decision will be widely supported by our members and the wider third sector. I can only hope that his time spent behind bars will force Mr Freeman to reflect on the true impact of his actions.”Negative media coverage of the Solutions RMC scandal and an unrelated investigation into children’s charity Moonbeams saw donations in Scotland plummet and led to the setting up of the Giving Scotland campaign at the end of 2003. The man at the centre of the Solutions RMC scandal in Scotland has today been sentenced to 18 months in prison after pleading guilty at a previous hearing of offences under the Insolvencies Act 1986.Freeman’s company went into liquidation in 2003 after an investigation found that it had collected £13m in donations, but had given only £1.5m to Breasst Cancer Research (Scotland). He admitted fraudulently removing more than £450,000 from his business before it went bust.At a hearing last Tuesday (31 October) Freeman was given a week to come up with the £362,000 he still owes his creditors. The court heard today that he has repaid most of the money and has arrangements to pay the remainder. Advertisement Howard Lake | 7 November 2006 | News 19 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.
Milt NeidenbergThe elections are over. What a hoax and despicable display! Over a year and a half of debate, in which fortunes were spent and lost, and Trump won. This has revealed the undemocratic practices of the U.S. to the world working class. Trump has manipulated the electoral process and seized the real estate of the U.S. for his personal and political fortunes. Will this be a repeat of any of his other speculative projects — casinos, golf courses, hotels? Bankrupt, sold-off or abandoned?The capitalist infrastructure is crumbling. There is a $20 trillion debt on the U.S. as property. Congress is in gridlock and capitalism is at a dead end, as Comrade Fred Goldstein has explained. The rate of profit has declined over the last decade since the 2008 crash. Disenfranchised whites in the middle class who brought Trump to power are in disarray. To solve the crisis, Trump has unleashed a frenzy of racial hatred, misogyny and “law and order.”Trump will use the disenfranchised middle class as a battering ram against our multinational sisters and brothers, immigrants and the Black movement fighting against oppression and for their right to self-determination. Trump will support and finance the 1% and aid the monopoly corporate banks, like Goldman Sachs and Wells Fargo, to deepen and widen austerity. He will likely offer the job of Secretary of the Treasury to a Goldman Sachs veteran and Wall Street hedge fund manager.But the Trump win has unleashed the power and spirit of fightback, particularly among the young and multinational working class, the unemployed and underemployed, who work for starvation wages, including students on campuses in high schools and colleges.Herein lies the future — building solidarity among our sisters and brothers who are fighting for liberation and self-determination, led by Black Lives Matter, the women’s movement and LGBTQ people. The use of state repression emboldened by Trumpism demands fightback and devising new ways to defend the movement.The study of Marxism will confirm that our future lies in the fight for socialism.We encourage young comrades and friends new to the labor movement to join the Party’s Labor Fraction and discuss strategies, experiences and ideas to help lead the party to face this new challenge on the road to socialism.Neidenberg is a founding member and leading labor organizer of Workers World Party.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this