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Charity stripped of status after former manager allegedly stole $12,000

The charity status of The House of Hope Recovery Centre has been stripped following police inquiries into its former boss found that she had stolen hundreds of thousands from the organisation.

The charity – also known as Illawarra Food Hub, The Hope Centre and Hope Centre Foodbarn, which provides people on low income with access to food – was stripped of its status following charges laid against former General Manager, Lizzie Millar, for defrauding it of more than $12,000.

Commissioner of the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC), Dr Gary Johns, said: “Today I am able to announce that House of Hope Recovery Centre has lost its charity status”. This follows years of investigations into Millar’s behaviour.

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