Man pretended to have cancer to get £2,000
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.
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