Dartford man George Webb who appeared on X Factor faces fraud charges

George Webb, pictured in August 2011.

George Webb, pictured in August 2011.

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A GIPSY from Dartford who appeared on Big Fat Gypsy Weddings and made it through to X Factor boot camp has been charged with fraud.

George Webb, 28, of Hillside in Darenth, will appear in court later this year after being charged with five counts of fraud by false representation yesterday.

News Shopper reported in August 2011 how Webb won a place at boot camp in the ITV talent show but was axed after producers asked him to take his caravan with him.

Old-school judge Louis Walsh previously told him after his audition he was “good,” and the “X Factor needs you,” following his rendition of Elvis classic I Can’t Stop Loving You.

Webb described at the time how boot camp was all about “the three B’s - butts, boobs and booze” and told how singers were axed from the show before they even performed to the judges.

The performer, who recorded a video of his audition for News Shopper in his caravan, later appeared on Channel 4 documentary Big Fat Gypsy Weddings in March last year.

Each of the five fraud charges relate to clothing, with a total value estimated by police of more than £1,000.

The crimes are believed to have been committed at stores including Marks and Spencer and John Lewis at Bluewater and Marks and Spencer in New Road, Gravesend.

Kathleen Kefford, 26, of New Barn Road in Swanley has also been charged with one count of fraud by false representation as well as dangerous driving.

The pair were arrested at a shopping centre in Gillingham on October 4 last year.

They are both on bail and will appear at Medway Magistrates Court on April 8.

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