Abbey Wood charity fraudster Rosemary Scotter gets six months in prison

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A FRAUDSTER who conned more than 50 people into sponsoring her £553 for fake charity walks has been jailed for six months.

Rosemary Scotter went door-to-door in Erith, Thamesmead, Welling, Bexleyheath, Belvedere and Sidup pretending to be collecting for Cancer Research and a children’s hospital during a two-month spree from November to January.

She was stopped by police in Sidcup on December 11 last year when officers noted she appeared to be carrying false sponsorship forms for Cancer Research.

She was arrested on January 4 when 72-year-old Jean Clare claimed Scotter stole £400 from an ornament on her mantelpiece as well as £10 in fake sponsorship.

Prosecutor Gregor McKinley expressed surprise Scotter was not charged with burglary.

He said: "The evidence presented by Mrs Claire is clear: there would have been enough to charge Scotter with burglary."

Judge Michael Topolski QC told the court "despicable is not too strong a word" for the 40-year-old’s crimes.

He told the defendant: "It is hard to think of a more emotive line than ‘I am collecting for children at Great Ormond Street Hospital’.

"What you did 54 times between November 1 last year and January 4 this year is particularly reprehensible."

Judge Topolski added the council street cleaner had incriminated herself by keeping the fake sponsorship forms for 53 other people which police later found when they searched her Bracondale Road, Abbey Wood home.

He sentenced the mother-of-three to six months in prison after she pleaded guilty to one count of fraud by false representation, taking into account the other 53 offences admitted to police.

Victims of deceit

Victim Jean Clare says Scotter's deceit has left her "completely unnerved".

The 72-year-old, of Amberley Road, Abbey Wood, was taken in by the fake nurse who claimed to have cancer and to have cradled dying children in her arms at Great Ormond Street.

The great-grandmother left the room to look for an ashtray after Scotter asked to smoke only to find more than £400 had gone from its hiding place under a polar bear ornament when she returned.

She told News Shopper: "She got me completely.

"I was so convinced such a nice lady with such a sob story couldn't possibly do anything like that.

"She should go down for a lot longer than six months having done all those people. I'm really disappointed in that."

Speaking after the sentencing, Detective Chief Inspector Gary Holmes of Bexley CID said: "This was a particularly despicable action on the part of Rosemary Scotter.

"She used people's good nature against them and stole money on false pretences for her own gain.

"Apart from the vast number of victims in this case are charity organisations that may also lose out.

"Generous people will think twice about giving to charity or sponsoring someone who is genuinely giving their time to raise much needed funds".

Were you a victim or no anyone who was? E-mail tim.macfarlan@london.newsquest.co.uk, call 01689 885702 or tweet @NewsShopperTim

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12:50pm Tue 5 Feb 13

Virtual-Monster says...

What an utter scum bag!
What an utter scum bag! Virtual-Monster

1:40pm Tue 5 Feb 13

junie says...

how low can you get
how low can you get junie

2:24pm Tue 5 Feb 13

the wall says...

Old wonky eye has some Croydon facelift going on there.
She should have got 5 years.
Old wonky eye has some Croydon facelift going on there. She should have got 5 years. the wall

3:55pm Tue 5 Feb 13

Dreamsofnurse says...

Looks can be so deceiving - such an honest face.
Looks can be so deceiving - such an honest face. Dreamsofnurse

5:55pm Tue 5 Feb 13

paulbexleyheath says...

another typical piece of trash from "scabby wood"
another typical piece of trash from "scabby wood" paulbexleyheath

11:28pm Tue 5 Feb 13

batey says...

scum ****!
scum ****! batey

8:30am Wed 6 Feb 13

Tip-Top says...

I would
I would Tip-Top

9:55am Wed 6 Feb 13

the wall says...

Tip-Top wrote:
I would
I bet she goes like a train.......Scum always do.
[quote][p][bold]Tip-Top[/bold] wrote: I would[/p][/quote]I bet she goes like a train.......Scum always do. the wall

10:37am Wed 6 Feb 13

annonymous2487 says...

This woman knocked at my elderly grandmother's home on a saturday morning in December, I remember thinking no way she was collecting for charity and quizzed her and she got quite aggressive. Im just glad my nan didnt open the door to this woman. What is wrong with some people and always elderly people that end up being conned and causes them upset that they dont need at their age! Its terrible - why wasnt she charged with burglary and why did she only get 6 months!!!! Justice system yet again lets us down :-(
This woman knocked at my elderly grandmother's home on a saturday morning in December, I remember thinking no way she was collecting for charity and quizzed her and she got quite aggressive. Im just glad my nan didnt open the door to this woman. What is wrong with some people and always elderly people that end up being conned and causes them upset that they dont need at their age! Its terrible - why wasnt she charged with burglary and why did she only get 6 months!!!! Justice system yet again lets us down :-( annonymous2487

11:18am Wed 6 Feb 13

jolene2010 says...

Let this be a lesson to the other scum bags that want to try it, we to suffer at the hands at scum bags whilst trying to raise the money need for our 2 year old daughter who needs proton treatment in America which we have to fund ourselves, the people that use her name do not realise the damage they do, when someone believes they have paid money in to one place there not going to put in again.
She should of got a lot longer.
Let this be a lesson to the other scum bags that want to try it, we to suffer at the hands at scum bags whilst trying to raise the money need for our 2 year old daughter who needs proton treatment in America which we have to fund ourselves, the people that use her name do not realise the damage they do, when someone believes they have paid money in to one place there not going to put in again. She should of got a lot longer. jolene2010

11:19am Wed 6 Feb 13

Gypo.Joe says...

Tip-Top wrote:
I would
You really do need to go to Specsavers Tip Top.
[quote][p][bold]Tip-Top[/bold] wrote: I would[/p][/quote]You really do need to go to Specsavers Tip Top. Gypo.Joe

11:38am Wed 6 Feb 13

Tip-Top says...

Gypo.Joe wrote:
Tip-Top wrote: I would
You really do need to go to Specsavers Tip Top.
Who said that?
[quote][p][bold]Gypo.Joe[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Tip-Top[/bold] wrote: I would[/p][/quote]You really do need to go to Specsavers Tip Top.[/p][/quote]Who said that? Tip-Top

11:47am Wed 6 Feb 13

Gypo.Joe says...

What ya deef as well Tip Top.

You need help son.
What ya deef as well Tip Top. You need help son. Gypo.Joe

1:55pm Wed 6 Feb 13

neonis says...

Dirty, ugly, thieving scum bag dog, conning all those people and bringing the name of the charity concerned, and all GENUINE hard working fundraisers into disrepute!
Dirty, ugly, thieving scum bag dog, conning all those people and bringing the name of the charity concerned, and all GENUINE hard working fundraisers into disrepute! neonis

3:48pm Wed 6 Feb 13

poppies mum says...

disgusting. should have got so much longer, u cant get much lower than that.
disgusting. should have got so much longer, u cant get much lower than that. poppies mum

3:50pm Wed 6 Feb 13

poppies mum says...

Gypo.Joe wrote:
Tip-Top wrote:
I would
You really do need to go to Specsavers Tip Top.
tip top, what are u talking about??? you would what??
[quote][p][bold]Gypo.Joe[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Tip-Top[/bold] wrote: I would[/p][/quote]You really do need to go to Specsavers Tip Top.[/p][/quote]tip top, what are u talking about??? you would what?? poppies mum

12:31am Thu 7 Feb 13

Donna_T says...

poppies mum wrote:
Gypo.Joe wrote:
Tip-Top wrote:
I would
You really do need to go to Specsavers Tip Top.
tip top, what are u talking about??? you would what??
Poppies mum I think what Tip Top means is he would straighten out her dodgy eye.

Well I hope he never meant the dirty deed.

Donna Txx
[quote][p][bold]poppies mum[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Gypo.Joe[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Tip-Top[/bold] wrote: I would[/p][/quote]You really do need to go to Specsavers Tip Top.[/p][/quote]tip top, what are u talking about??? you would what??[/p][/quote]Poppies mum I think what Tip Top means is he would straighten out her dodgy eye. Well I hope he never meant the dirty deed. Donna Txx Donna_T

8:08am Thu 7 Feb 13

Tip-Top says...

Erm....yeah, that's what I meant....thanks for clearing that up Donna :o)
Erm....yeah, that's what I meant....thanks for clearing that up Donna :o) Tip-Top

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