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“The special agents passed their laptop around the room... but they refused to tuck into the free lunch”

Inside the meeting that alerted Goal to allegations of fraud in its Syria relief operations

16th October, 2016
Goal’s Dublin headquarters Picture: Fergal Phillips

The meeting had run into lunch when a large platter of sandwiches from the local deli arrived. The dozen or so people in the small meeting room at the offices of Goal’s legal team were famished. It had been a long, stressful March morning.

Two people refused to tuck into the free lunch. The special agents had strict rules about accepting anything that could be construed as a gift, even a soggy sandwich....

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