A woman who conned thousands of pounds out of people by claiming to raise money for a children's cancer charity has been jailed.
Katie Baldwin claimed she was doing a sponsored run for a children's cancer ward at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Gateshead.
The 25-year-old collected £2,000 from hundreds of households going door-to-door, and had been pledged a further £4,500. Newcastle Crown Court heard neither the running event nor the children's ward at that hospital actually existed.
Baldwin, of Kells Lane, Gateshead, pleaded guilty to fraud at an earlier hearing.
At Newcastle Crown Court today (Friday) Baldwin, who is now a carer to her father who is terminally ill with cancer, was sentenced to to six months in prison.
"Perhaps now, with your father in that terrible position, you realise exactly how meanyou acted when you committed this fraud. What you did undermines the giving of money by people to charitable organisations who rely upon that good will."
Police have seized £10,000 from a woman who defrauded high street shops under the Proceeds of Crime Act.
Tracey Scott, from Houghton, was charged with fraud by false representation in August 2011.
The 48-year-old photocopied the receipts of purchased goods from Argos, and returned identical items that were bought elsewhere at a cheaper price.
Scott pleaded guilty, and in March 2012 she was given a suspended sentence of 40 weeks, and told to carry out 150 hours of unpaid community service.
A confiscation hearing at Newcastle Crown Court yesterday found that Scott had earned the money through criminal activity. She was ordered to pay it back within six months or face a six-month prison sentence.
Detective Chief Inspector Lisa Orchard, from Northumbria Police said:
"We are pleased with the outcome of the confiscation hearing which clearly demonstrates that crime does not pay.
"Anyone found making money from fraud or any other types of crime will be caught and dealt with appropriately by the courts."
– Detective Chief Inspector Lisa Orchard, Northumbria Police