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Five convicted in charity fraud

Five people from the south have been charged with concealing financial transactions and conspiring to defraud a charity. The group claimed to be genuine collectors for the Marie Curie Cancer Care charity. The verdicts follow an 18-month investigation. Sentencing will be announced later.

“This is good news for the charity. Hopefully, the convictions will deter people who might try the same deceptions. “But it is truly unfortunate that this sort of crime not only deprives genuine charities of much needed funds, but generates mistrust among the public towards real charity collectors. It is pleasing to see these convictions after all the hard work from police officers and the unlimited co-operation we got from staff at Marie Curie Cancer Care"

– Lyndhurst Detective Constable Giulio Pizzo