A conman who posed as the brother of comedian Peter Kay, to trick pub landlords in the East Midlands out of money, has been jailed for two years.
Peter Stead pretended to raise money for a charity set up to help a young boy with cancer. The boy's mother has said Stead's sentencing is 'disgusting'.
A man who conned landlords in the East Midlands by pretending to be the brother of comedian Peter Kay has pleaded guilty to five counts of fraud.
50 year old Peter Stead took deposits and told landlords he would arrange comedy nights to raise money for charity - and that Kay would appear.
The bookings of course never materialised.
Lee Comley reports.
A charity set up in the memory of an East Midlands boy who died from cancer, have condemned a man who pretended to raise money for them.
Peter Stead, 50, claimed he was the brother of comedian Peter Kay and said he was working for The Lewis Mighty Fund.
The charity was set up earlier this year, in memory of Lewis Mighty, a 7-year-old boy from Derby, who died in 2012 from a rare form of cancer.
Barbara Cathcart, chief executive of Nottingham Hospitals Charity which runs the Lewis Mighty Fund, described Stead's actions as "beyond disrespectful" to Lewis' memory and the work of his family and supporters.
She said: "It is truly deplorable that he would use the name of a brave young cancer victim for his own gain.
"We'd like to reassure all our supporters that we have strict safeguards against fraudulent fundraising and would ask that anyone who has concerns about someone claiming to fundraise for the Lewis Mighty Fund contacts us directly."
Police launched an investigation in 2009 after pub landlords in Derby reported that a man was tricking them out of money, by pretending to be Peter Kay's brother.
Peter Stead, 50, of no fixed abode, would be given cash for bookings, but then not turn up for the performances.
Officers carried out a countrywide search to find him.
A man who pretended he was Peter Kay's brother so that he could con pub landlords has pleaded guilty to five counts of fraud.
Peter Stead, 50, of no fixed abode, has admitted five fraud offences - three in Derby, one in Nottinghamshire and one in Northamptonshire.
He has been remanded in custody ahead of his sentencing on June 21.
A man has been charged with fraud after allegedly posing as the brother of comedian Peter Kay in pubs across the East Midlands.
50 year-old Peter Stead has been charged with five offences - three in Derby, one in Nottinghamshire and one in Northamptonshire.
He will next appear at Derby Crown Court on May 31.