THE Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) has issued a damning report on the administration of the Dr Robert Malcolm Trust, from which architect Ian Brash embezzled more than £350,000.

Brash will be sentenced next month for the embezzlement which was uncovered by OSCR investigators. OSCR has already disqualified him from being a trustees of the trust or any other charity.

OSCR stated that it opened an inquiry into the charity in 2012 “following receipt of information alleging a failure in governance processes leading to the charity’s assets being put at considerable risk”.

The report continued: “Our inquiries into this complex case indicated there had been criminal conduct, so in line with our published policies we made a report to the Crown Office Procurator Fiscal Service [COPFS].

“Since then we have worked with the COPFS and Police Scotland to support the prosecution of Ian Brash, one of the charity trustees, who plead guilty on May 14 2018 to embezzling sums totalling £358,832 from the charity’s wholly owned trading subsidiary Robert Malcolm Investments Limited. Final sentence is awaited.

“Section 69 of the 2005 Act provides that an individual is disqualified from being a charity trustee if they have been convicted of an offence of dishonesty. Ian Brash is therefore disqualified from being a charity trustee.

“OSCR considers that there was also misconduct in the administration of the charity by the remaining two charity trustees who have failed in their duties as charity trustees.

“As a result of inquiries to date, it appears to OSCR that there has been misconduct in the administration of the charity and it is necessary to act for the purpose of protecting its property.”

OSCR petitioned the Court of Session for the appointment of a judicial factor to the charity and to remove the remaining two trustees from the management or control of the charity. Emma Porter of Aver Chartered Accountants has been appointed as interim judicial factor of the trust.