Man pre­tended to have can­cer to get £2,000

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A MAN pre­tended to have months to live with ter­mi­nal can­cer to swin­dle £2,000 out of his wid­owed mother-in-law.

David Car­roll faked a ter­mi­nal ill­ness and said he needed cash for treat­ment in Amer­ica – but used the money to take a hol­i­day there in­stead.

De­ceit­ful Car­roll, 35, from Den­bighshire, told the mother of his wife Lucy he had stom­ach can­cer and may only have five months to live, Le­ices­ter­shire Live re­ported. He took the money from mul­ti­ple scle­ro­sis pa­tient Linda Eccles, whose teacher hus­band Bernard had died three years be­fore, then flew to Amer­ica for a hol­i­day.

Car­roll, from Ruthin, was convicted af­ter a day-long trial at Le­ices­ter Mag­is­trates’ Court last month.

He was found guilty of de­fraud­ing his moth­erin-law of £2,000 be­tween May 1 and June 3, 2015.

Dis­trict Judge Sally Fudge sen­tenced Car­roll to 26 weeks in pri­son sus­pended for two years. She also or­dered him to carry out 180 hours of un­paid work. She said Car­roll had come very close to be­ing jailed.

Judge Fudge also or­dered him to re­pay the £2,000 back at a min­i­mum of £100 a month.

She also made a re­strain­ing or­der ban­ning Car­roll from con­tact­ing his ex-wife or for­mer mother-in-law for a year.

> David Car­roll

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