My oh my, so much info’, so many leads, so much to chew on! A thousand thanks to all our contributors and for all your prolific digging:
This is Belinda’s husband, the one that has never ever stayed in Highgate, never appeared on the title deeds….lived in Germany where the money trail finally ended, and now lives in Paris….left his son in Camp Ashraf where he was tortured for eighteen months, his father refused to get him out, because his belief to the cause was greater. Belinda has referred to him as her husband but hey, who believes what that scam artist has to say.
Yes odd …belinda refers to him as her husband yet they are not married. ..He has never lived in Highgate with Belinda and does not appear at any point on the title deeds…
They got together just about the time Iran Aid was born. ..marriage of convenience? ??
The money from Iran Aid disappeared from the UK into a foreign bank account…never traced….The lead stopped in Germany. …which is where her ‘husband’ was living at the time.
If she is hiding anywhere it would probably make sense it was in Paris with her so called husband….which is quite possibly where she could get her hands on some easy available money.
A couple of links I have come across, and Belinda’s husband although he is not has never lived in the UK. He was in Germany when the money from Iran Aid was being filtered out to a bank account outside the UK. That is where the money trail ended. The Charity Commission announced they would be investigating Iran Aid, after the public complained about the aggressive campaigning they were using to collect money. Belinda and a few of her loyal followers held out in the offices of Iran Aid, refusing to let the Charity Commission enter and do their job…in the end Belinda and her cohorts destroyed the documentation. It was not long after that Belinda was made Chair of the Association of Charities….LOL!!!!! work that one out if you can.!
Her husband in Paris (which is where the Iranian guy lives now) is also on the board of trustees for the Knight Foundation…so perhaps the ‘unopened Knight Foundation Bank Account’ has been filtred to pastures new??!! There is plenty out there just Google Belinda McKenzie – Iran Aid. It shocks me when people are unaware about this scam of hers….and just carry on trusting and believing this money whore.
This is the report of the charity commission.
And this is the charity now. Its income has dropped from millions to tens of thousands.
MEMORANDUM AND ARTICLES OF ASSOCIATION INCORPORATED 23 MAY 2000 AS AMENDED BY SPECIAL RESOLUTIONS ON 15 FEBRUARY 2007, 5 MARCH 2007 AND 21 FEBRUARY 2008.
IRAN AID FOUNDATION ”
Lots of their pages appear to be on web archive only. The last accounts are from 2012.
I remember there was talk at the time of the investigation in to the charity that the recipients of the funds would be put at risk by the investigation and/or the identities of the people who passed the funds on in Iran needed to be kept secret. The whole situation seemed plausible to an extent but utterly unaccountable and open to corruption and theft of funds.
I was subject to the high pressure “selling” techniques of Iran Aid back in 1997. They played a game of emotional blackmail using photographs of children and tried to get me to sign standing orders for thousands of pounds! I found them impossible to get rid of until I signed an order for three figures (which I couldn’t afford, but seemed reasonable after the ridiculous starting price); then they were off like a shot.
I changed my bank details and reported the incident to the Charities Commission. Interestingly the collectors (two young Iranian men) showed me some letters from other donors to the alleged orphans; most of the donors were elderly ladies who seemed to be raiding their savings to help what they thought was a good cause. I suspect Iran Aid had relatively few regular donors, but was prepared to suck dry those that it did have.
Belinda is absolutely shameless in her abuse of other peoples generosity.
That tallies with the report of the inquiry, funny that! I imagine you weren’t the only one to complain.
“12. In establishing how the charity operated and how it spent its funds the Commission came to the following findings and conclusions.
13. The Commission’s Inquiry identified a number of concerns about the charity’s fund-raising methods. These concerns included:-
That some donors were misled into believing that they were personally sponsoring individual children when this was not in fact the case. The Commission concluded the sponsorship to be spurious and misleading.
14. During the previous Inquiry into the charity’s fund-raising activities, the Commission warned the trustees of the importance of conducting public fundraising properly. The present Inquiry highlighted similar concerns over the propriety of fundraising activities. In particular there were examples of misleading promotional literature, complaints by donors about high pressure “selling” techniques and an apparent failure to separate funds raised for different projects.
15. The Commission’s attempts to investigate fundraising issues further were hindered by the inability of the trustees to identify properly those volunteers responsible for fund-raising, and more particularly by the trustees’ inability or unwillingness to identify the co-ordinators apparently responsible for organising the volunteers.”
What actually was Belinda’s position at the charity? She wasn’t the only one involved. There are mentions of the charity in the House of Lords registers of member’s interests. I was looking at Hansard tonight.
I’m going to ask a British – Iranian friend of mine ( who has an important position with a well-known, highly respected human rights organization (as opposed to Bellender’s) if she knows anything about the story behind this particular ”charity”. She’s one of the smartest, most honest people I know (and even has an O.B.E., so is a part of the diabolical ‘establishment’ !) It would shock me if she were unfamiliar with B’s Iranian scam. So much of Tracey ‘ s post rings true…I also grew up with many exiled Iranians, have done loads of legal asylum work, and the whole thing just sounds ‘off’. At least in the event of a lawsuit, the recipient of the funds would have to be identified during the discovery phase of the process, right?
It was not me who gave any link to the trade in ““genuine” Starchild bones!” The Starchild Project has got to be the most weirdest project McKenzie is involved in.
Scarlet quote: “By the way, does anyone know why her Iran Aid charity isn’t showing on that list?”
I would add having contacted the Charity Commission I asked the very same question….to which the answer was…. ‘I don’t know’ I said to the CC but, the registered number is still there, and if you look at other defunct charities their information, although perhaps not in full, is still there, why has Iran Aid been erased completely from the CC records? answer was ‘I don’t know, So I asked to be put through to someone that would know. I was given a name and email address and an email was sent. This was followed up by a telephone conversation with a Mr Alun Johnson, Case Reference Number FS50468539. He was very evasive and said that he was unable to give any information as to the Police force appointed to investigate the illegal destruction of government documents. The case was closed February 2013. It was decided that perhaps certain Police Forces throughout the Country might be able to help, as the Metropolitan police force would not either agree or deny that they had been the force involved in the investigation of Iran Aid.
Unfortunately nothing was made available. We had to deduce in the end that whatever happened concerning Iran Aid was being kept a secret.
The Starchild Skull…you will note from this link which is concerning the Lecture Tour March 2003 Belinda was thanked by Lloyd Pye for donating £10,000 to keep the research alive and kicking in its important stages.
Cheques are to be made payable to Belinda and forward to her address.
To book, phone 0870 750 9523, or send a cheque made out to Starchild UK, 83 Priory Gardens, London N6 5QU
Don’t forget to include your address for return of tickets! Tickets for bookings received after 11th March may be collected at the event.
For more information email mailto:email@example.com
I also conducted a few searches, but could not locate them in this instance, whereby Belinda has been found in various Countries asking for money for charities. I can only presume these have now been removed.
Another interesting link, a dispute between McKenzie and two of her “tenants” at 83 Priory Gardens.
Another link, mention of an ex-husband of Belinda McKenzie, his profession and location of his employment.
“On 14 March we were evicted from our previous flat because according to our then live-in landlady’s ex-husband, Dr Nigel McKenzie, a consultant psychiatrist in Highgate Mental Health Centre, our flat was needed for somebody with a mental illness.”
The above blog in question has a lot of background information relating to Belinda McKenzie
An internal report by Belinda McKenzie relating to Hampstead case.
SV, at first I thought that was a different document to the one shown here but it looks different:
This ladies history reminds me very much of a person involved in numerous scams although of course I could not possibly say she actually is as I have no proof.
However there are few reasons to have numerous registered companies that seemingly do not operate except for shifting sums of money. Others may call this “money laundering” but I couldn’t possibly.
A contact emailed me many claims about BM but as they provided no proof I cannot know if they were genuine but one involved a huge organsied scam in the early 1980s that involved post office franking machines where £100Ks were ripped off. A few people were jailed but it was always said the majority of the gang were never caught. It was centered around a small gay afternoon drinking club in the West End.
Of all the Hampstead loonies Belinda McKenzie has struck me as the sanest and cleverest of them as she gives the appearance of jumping on the bandwagon of child protection as a new vehicle for various reasons and given her involvement in the past with 2 very dodgy characters who were deemed ‘vexacious litigants’ and one was quite an evil convicted child abuser, I get the feeling she imitates all the attributes of a sociopath who has no qualms in shifting loyalties and activities onto another escapade when the current one hits a brick wall.
I really hope the upcoming CSA Inquiry looks into the real problem of so-called victim & survivor ‘advocates’ (there are many genuine & honest ones) who are exploiting this issue for financial gain.
Meanwhile, I hope Neelu Berry gets all the help she so obviously needs !
Regardless of what the real agenda of Belinda McKenzie is, she can consider Hampstead her swan song. Mckenzie has provided enough rope via the Hampstead hoax in association with other projects she has had her grubby little fingers in, to hang her, and sink any future campaign she decides to get involved in.
I think Sabine is also involved with the “Starchild”:
The skull is almost certainly of a human child with a birth defect, it has been debunked by numerous people, but the website is trying to raise money for DNA testing (they must want to send it to the very slow Canadian lab).
Now that does sound like a scam. Any DNA laboratory would take on that testing for free but I guess they need to string it out for years to keep the whole thing going and donations flooding in.
I notice Belinda’s three sons are directors of some of her many companies. One of them is an architect of moderate fame who also teaches at Birmingham School of Architecture. C, D & F are all grown ups now, but I don’t think it would be fair to name them here; although I do wonder what they think of their mother’s activities.
M4 Enterprises Ltd. I think this is basically Belinda’s way of keeping her property portfolio in the family:
Very interesting. Wonder how their assets shot up from around £10k to nearly half a million in 2013? I’m also perplexed about the financial aspect of the Knight foundation and the whole CSA thing as a charitable concern. Not just from a moral perspective but also that it doesn’t seem to bring in much money (£800 according to Belinda and I actually believe her for once) so what was she getting out of it and from whom?
I suspect there is a lot of money transferred backwards and forwards between the directors various interests to keep things nice and obscure.
I have no idea how C, D & F feel about their mother, but they certainly haven’t disowned her if they are joint directors of a company with her.
D McKenzie has done up one house in Hampstead for a private client in Hampstead – the application was withdrawn and resubmitted. No details of the objections to the first scheme are recorded on the Camden Council website; this means I can’t follow up my hunch that Mummy was taking revenge on those who would hold back her little darling.
D also made four separate applications to alter front railings at a house on Randolph Street around the millennium (difficult planners or incompetence?). The house was later sold at an enormous profit.
Further to my last post – Randolph Street was his home address. House bought 1997 for £155,000, sold in 2002 for £575,000.
Looks fairly grotty, but that’s London prices for you!
Another charity or money making scheme which we have not touched on is ‘Make Wars History’. There is a picture somewhere of her in a meeting with Chris Coverdale I will search for it later. That needs to be looked into as well.
Meanwhile, here’s more stuff related to Belinda’s Iran Aid connections:
Mr. Really Angry
It also has to be asked. ..where did all the money from the ‘not yet opened bank account’ relating to the Knight Foundation go????? Another bank account not in the UK?
Very interesting…..see how ‘the hubby’ gets ont othe list of directors and trustees for the Knight Foundation……wonder if he looks after the MONEY!!!!! Belinda is a theving cow and will skank money from anyone. And the ‘not so quite’ open bank account probably ended up in Paris…
CCX Knight, Belinda McKenzie, Sabine McNeill, Mary Rooney, Pam Almaz, Sharon Spierling, Amina Timii, Melanie Brock, Esmail Vafa Yaghmaie
I’m still curious as to why CCX Knight changed his name. His daughter was taken to live in the Ukraine by the mother who was granted custody but I’ve not been able to find details of the case although it would quite rightly have been in the confidential ‘secret’ family courts but also because he wasn’t ‘Knight’ back then. He thought up the name when he decided to start the foundation and gather round all these ‘knights’ to fight injustice and, presumably, to preserve the hold of the toxic parent over the child at all costs.
The more I read about Belinda, the more I wonder who the hell she really is. Is she working for someone. I don’t know if anyone else saw the edition of QI where it was explained that scam emails often contain bad spelling in order to put intelligent people off; the scammers just want to attract the gullible and easily manipulated. Belinda surrounds herself with obvious loonies; possibly in order to attract a certain sort of person. She destroys the credibility of everyone she touches; is that her purpose? Has she deliberately landed Sabine in jail because she had (relative to her other followers) too much intelligence?
One can’t help but wonder if Belinda is some sort of deep cover agent provocateur; but if that is the case she seems to have drawn excessive publicity to herself and done the sort of damage to the public that I would hope a government agency would be trying to prevent.
The simplest explanation is just that she is just a flamboyant and immoral fraudster – or the mouthpiece for one who is keeping a very low profile.