24.hu 24 May 2017
“No evidence of misuse of funds has been found by the police, the prosecutor’s office or the tax authority at the Children Cancer Foundation”, legal representative of the foundation disclosed to ‘Magyar Nemzet’. According to the police, no further investigative actions are likely to carry forward the investigation in any way.
Investigation against the organisation started after Index had presented a video in 2013 showing István Balogh, president of the foundation, driving the organisation’s sedan-type patient carrier ambulance car purchased by donations between his residence in Budaliget and the Foundation’s offices on Rákóczi Square, District 8, and another one when he was being driven by the chauffer of the ambulance to Police Headquarters in Teve Street.
The procedure was terminated in 2016 but it was pointed out by the Metropolitan Prosecutor’s Office that the use of donations to the foundation and of the assets of the foundation was based on the individual decision of the president of the board of trustees, without previous resolutions by the board, only subsequently approved by the trustees, a procedure violating regulations concerning the use of the foundation’s assets. Apart from this, minor offences were found and notified. The board of trustees were requested to keep the legal deadlines for reporting obligations and, furthermore, pass decisions and carry out activities directly serving the fulfilment of the foundation’s goals. The board was specifically warned not to use the car of the foundation for private purposes.
Publications on the scandal and their spread in the media have caused a loss of 550 million forints in tax donations, including the 1% personal income tax offerings, according to the foundation’s own calculations.
Ildikó D. Kovács