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Fraud victim: "Cancer lie was devastating for our family"

David Carroll claimed he had months to live Credit: BPM Media

A woman from Leicester who was conned out of £2,000 by her former son-in-law says his lies have been 'devastating' for her family.

Linda Eccles gave the money to David Carroll after he lied about having terminal cancer and claimed he needed to go to America for life-saving treatment.

He instead used the money for a holiday.

David Carroll lied about having cancer from as early as 2007, after meeting Linda's daughter, Lucy.

The couple married in 2011 but Linda claims he always kept his wife in the dark about his supposed illness.

He was always very secretive. Lucy wanted to go to the hospital with him but he wouldn't let her go because he said he didn't want to 'upset her'.

– Linda Eccles
Linda's daughter, Lucy, married David Carroll in 2007 but divorced him soon after his lie was uncovered Credit: BPM Media

David Carroll went to great lengths to lie about having cancer.

In 2015, he ran the London marathon in support of Teenage Cancer Trust, although it's thought all of the money raised went to the charity.

Later that year he told his mother-in-law that his terminal condition could be saved by a pioneering treatment - only available in the US - that would cost £2,000.

The family later found out there was nothing wrong with him and that he had been lying about having cancer for years.

Lucy filed for divorce soon after.

As time progressed the catalogue of lies increased. I had to be strong for my daughter who was devastated by the cruel wicked lies Dave had told her for so long. We tried to keep life as normal as possible.

– Linda Eccles

Carroll was found guilty of defrauding his mother-in-law of £2,000 between May 1 and June 3, 2015.

He was sentenced to 26 weeks in prison suspended for two years and ordered to carry out 180 hours unpaid work.