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Charity fraudster jailed for £200k theft

Harris Polak has been jailed for 45 months Photo: Mersey Police

A fraudster who conned cancer and cerebral palsy charities out of more then £200,000, has been jailed for 45 months.

Harris Polak admitted fraud by abuse of position in June. He confessed that between October 1, 2007 and October 19, 2011 he had been appointed to collect funds on behalf of Cancer Relief UK, Cerebral Palsy Care for Children and Clatterbridge Cancer Research Trust.

The court was told Polak stole "not less than £213,906" while supposedly collecting for the charities.

Sentencing, Judge Denis Watson QC told Polak his action were likely to discourage people from giving to charity.

Judge Watson said: "the harm to public confidence by this offence is immense. The giving to public causes will suffer because of this."