Tania Zaetta’s troubles seem to be endless. Even though she is set to get a clean chit in a case of an alleged drunken misbehaviour, now the Australian TV and Bollywood actor’s charity Peace for the Children is facing closure following a probe into “illegal” fund-raising.
The 41-year-old actor’s charity will close down following a probe by Queensland Office of Fair Trading. The investigation is initiated after it was revealed that the charity was unregistered. Zaetta became the sole director of this charity when co-founder Grant Hilton was forced to quit. It raised USD 22,000 last December during two events on the Gold Coast. The charity’s solicitor Clinton Smith said an audit of the organisation’s funds by IPS Audit showed USD 3030 had been donated to charity, before Zaetta had learnt of “an oversight” in the registration of the charity.
“This was an oversight on Tania’s behalf. The charity wasn’t registered under the Collections Act to raise funds and that was an oversight. Zaetta had all the accounts audited and she voluntarily went to the Office of Fair Trading,” Smith said. He denied reports of forming a new charity with Zaetta, saying Peace for the Children would cease to exist once the investigation was complete.
He said the charity’s remaining USD 11,273 in funds would be given to an existing “completely separate” charity.