He seemed a nice chap and his motives appeared to be good, but I am not sure his begging is legal. He was not collecting for a registered charity.
He said I could take his photo for my blog. Forgot to ask his name though – duh! But I did ask him if he knew much about the organisation that he has got mixed up with. He was from the College for International Co-operation and Development (CICD). I was not sure he knew it is a part of an $860 million worldwide commercial empire. The CICD is a money-making element in a large multinational business, controlled by the Teachers Group which is tainted by allegations of criminal financial misconduct.
The people at the top of the company which runs the College for International Co-operation and Development are on the run from law enforcement agencies. They collect a great deal of money but it seems impossible to find out where it all goes.
Located near Hull, the CICD is owned by a multinational organisation called the Teachers Group, which runs the Tvind-empire that owns Humana People to People. Since 2006 the leaders of the Teachers Group have been wanted by the Danish Police. In September 2006 the Danish State Attorney decided to take them to the Danish High Court for tax fraud and embezzlement but they all fled Denmark. The Danish State Attorney have since, according to legal changes, now made it possible to ask Interpol to go for and arrest the four fugitive top leaders in the Teachers Group. Amongst them the founder and number one, Mogens Amdi Petersen.
In England the charity commissioners forced the closure of Humana (one of The Teacher’s Group charities) due to financial irregularities. Before they did so, and before I knew about them, I bought a jacket at a London Humana charity shop!
An excellent article in the Times