An investigation has been launched at a South Tyneside charity amid allegations of fraud.
Age UK South Tyneside confirmed a member of staff has been suspended after concerns were raised.
A source told the Gazette the allegations came to light after auditors recently checked the books of the charity, which helps the borough’s older folk.
Police confirmed they had been made aware of allegations of fraud and are carrying out inquiries to see if any crimes have been committed.
The Charity Commission - a Government-run body which registers and regulates charities in England and Wales to ensure that the public can support organisations with confidence - said it had been notified by Age UK of a “serious incident involving a possible fraud against the charity”.
Age UK South Tyneside issued a statement which read: “A member of staff has been suspended following some concerns that have been raised.
“As this is an on-going investigation we are unable to comment further.”
A Northumbria Police spokesman said: “We are aware of concerns about allegations of fraud. We are carrying out an inquiry to establish if any crimes have taken place.”
A spokesperson for the Charity Commission said: “The charity has complied with its statutory duty to notify the commission of a serious incident involving a possible fraud against the charity.
“We have been in contact with the charity, but cannot comment further during the police investigation.”