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Woman faked terminal diagnosis to con charity into paying for £15,000 wedding

Carla Evans was handed a 12 month suspended sentence after admitting to fraud.

A woman who claimed she had terminal cancer to con a charity into paying for a £15,000 wedding ceremony has avoided jail.

Carla Evans pretended to have bladder cancer, thyroid cancer, and kidney failure.

The 29-year-old pleaded guilty at Newport Magistrates' Court and was handed a 12 month suspended sentence at Cardiff Crown Court. She was also ordered to complete 120 hours of unpaid work.

Evans posted on social media claiming she was dying and was contacted by a volunteer from charity Wish Upon a Wedding.

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The charity offered to organise the £15,000 ceremony but asked for proof of her diagnosis.

Evans forged a letter from an NHS consultant which prompted an investigation and the police were contacted.

Carla Evans callously took advantage of the sympathy afforded to a dying lady to try and con a very small charity out of money.

Our prosecution was able to uncover the lies but the depths she was willing to stoop have caused great hurt and damage to the charity volunteers who believed her and gave up significant time and money to support someone they thought was gravely ill.

We hope this conviction will bring some sense of justice to them.

– Lisa Bennett, Crown Prosecution Service

When the police arrived at her home, Evans continued to lie and said she had a liver condition and required dialysis.

When interviewed by police, she first denied forging the letter from the consultant but later admitted she had done.

Emma Harris, prosecuting, said the cost of Evans' ceremony would have been £15,000 but there was no actual monetary loss to the charity because of the deception.

Judge Jeremy Jenkins said only her two young children had saved Evans from an immediate custodial sentence.

The facts of the case are rather unusual, albeit shocking.

It was a cruel and calculating fraud upon Karen Hobs and the charity Wish Upon a Wedding.

You are a particularly devious type of person who should be utterly ashamed of the sympathy afforded to a dying lady to try and con a very small charity out of money.

– Judge Jeremy Jenkins