Greek authorities are investigating two members of a US aid agency after they were accused of sexually exploiting refugees and misusing funds. The European Commission has suspended funding to Mercy Corps's Greek operation while it investigates the matter.
The US-based charity alerted EC and Greek authorities last month that they had begun an internal investigation after receiving a complaint on their own hotline.
“We are taking this extremely seriously,” Amy Fairbairn, a Mercy Corps spokesperson with its Europe office told the Telegraph.
"The EC has notified us that they have only suspended the final payment on a single grant in Greece pending the outcome of our investigation."
The internal investigation is "comprehensive" charity officials said, and being led by an expert in victims’ rights, sexual harassment and exploitation.
Mercy Corps has "zero tolerance for any form of harassment, exploitation, fraud or theft", officials added, noting they have been regularly briefing Greek prosecutors and authorities since discovering the complaint.
While Mercy Corps' 2015-2016 accounts shows they received £11.5 million from the European Commission and more than £32 million from Britain for worldwide operations, officials at the Department of Developmental Aid said DFID does not fund Mercy Corps Europe's work on Greece.
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