Lee Rigby funds cheat is locked up

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BY MARTIN FRICKER A CAL­LOUS fundraiser who col­lected cash for Lee Rigby’s son and did not hand over a penny was branded “despicable” as he was jailed yes­ter­day.

Gary Gard­ner in­vited the mur­dered soldier’s widow and son to be “guests of hon­our” at truck­pull events he or­gan­ised.

The 56-year-old told her he would raise thou­sands in Lee’s mem­ory and set their son “up for life”.

But Gard­ner, of Med­bourne, Le­ices­ter­shire, in­stead spent the cash on a “flop” mu­sic sin­gle.

He was found guilty of fraud and, sen­tenc­ing him to 30 months’ jail, Judge He­len Mal­colm QC told Gard­ner: “What you did was un­doubt­edly dis­hon­est by the stan­dards of or­di­nary and de­cent peo­ple, and in­deed despicable.”

FRAUD­STER Gary Gard­ner

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