A married couple have received jail sentences for fraudulently raising more than £120,000 by posing as collectors for children’s charities.
Glen and Lynne Moore, from Arbourthorne, Sheffield, were convicted at Sheffield Crown Court yesterday of raising £121,000 by carrying out collections in pubs, toy stores and supermarkets and at football matches.
The Daily Mail reported that a total of £287,000 went through their bank accounts while they were living on benefits, but Judge Simon Batiste ruled that only £121,000 could be proved to have been obtained fraudulently.
The bogus collections began after Lynne Moore, 39, started making collections for Tommy’s, the premature and stillbirths charity, in 2000, according to the Mail. Her last donation was made in 2004, but she continued to use the charity’s collecting tins.
The couple also set up in 2010 an organisation called Enabled, with the stated aim of raising money for terminally ill children, according to the newspaper.
The couple were both convicted of four offences of fraud and one of acquiring criminal property.
Glen Moore, who is believed to have fled abroad, was sentenced in his absence to seven and a half years in jail, a spokesman for the court said. Lynne Moore pleaded guilty and received a four-and-a-half-year jail term.
Jane Brewin, chief executive of Tommy’s, said in a statement: "Tommy’s makes every effort to ensure that people fundraising for us are genuine and we want to reassure our supporters that incidents where this is not the case are exceptionally rare."