Two charity scammers jailed for 12 months after posing as Help for Heroes fundraisers

PUBLISHED: 11:28 04 September 2015 | UPDATED: 11:28 04 September 2015

Kevin Rowbotham

Kevin Rowbotham


The pair were instead pocketing the cash themselves

Daniel MaloneDaniel Malone

Two men have been jailed after a scam which saw them pretend to be ‘Help for Heroes’ charity collectors.

Kevin Rowbotham from Felixstowe Road, Abbey Wood was sentenced to 12 months in prison alongside his Kent-based accomplice Daniel Malone, of Falcone Green, Larkesfield, Maidstone. The pair were found guilty of impersonating collectors for military charity Help for Heroes, instead pocketing the cash themsleves.

They were seen collecting cash donations on March 5 2014 at Wembley park Underground Station while wearing ‘Help for Heroes’ branded jackets. When a British Transport Police (BTP) officer approached the pair, they showed ‘ID’ cards - which the charity does not use. The officer enquired if the pair had permission from the charity to collect at the station which was busy on the day due to a football game between England and Denmark. Malone gave the officer an email from the charity dated September 2013 which had authorised a registered event for the 40-year-old. However the event in question was a skydive, and not a football match.

When the officer left the men to inform other police so that an arrest could be made the pair slipped away. However after officers spoke with Help for Heroes, the pair were identified. On March 9 2014, police arrested Malone at his Maidstone home. He told police that all property relating to the charity was in his car.

On March 27 2014 Rowbotham was also arrested at his home address and various medals and certificates for fundraising were seized.

The investigation revealed that Rowbotham had been a registered collector for the charity in 2012 and was given 100 wristbands which he was expected to sell to raise funds. However, no donations from the sale of the products was ever recorded by the charity.

Malone was registered in 2011 and had previously taken part in a skydive and raised £800 for the charity. He was registered to do another skydive in April 2014. He had no authority for collecting at the England vs Denmark game in March.

Inspector Dan Tanner said: “These two men fraudulently made money from the travelling public at high profile events and unfortunately did so by affiliating themselves with Help for Heroes.

“No type of fraud or crime will be tolerated on the rail network and I am pleased with the sentence handed down will give them some time to reflect on their behaviour.”

Jo Pearce, income protection officer at Help for Heroes, said: “Malone and Rowbotham deceived the public into thinking they were making donations which would help our wounded. Instead they were cashing in on public goodwill and using the money for their own personal gain. Our anti-fraud measures helped the police catch him and we’re delighted they have now been brought to justice.”

Malone and Rowbotham were sentenced on August 28 at Blackfriars Crown Court.

Latest Bexley news

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

People who live, work and travel across Kent, Thurrock, Essex and beyond are being invited to shape plans for Britain’s biggest road tunnel as Highways England hostrf the first of 60 public engagement events on the multi-billion pound Lower Thames Crossing project this week (Tuesday 16 October).

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

“Devastating” plans for a house of multiple occupancy in Sidcup have been approved despite pleas by residents.

Monday, October 15, 2018

The pub industry in Bexley, worth around £51million, could take a hit if beer duty is raised as expected in the chancellor’s budget today (Tuesday, October 16), Britain’s Beer Alliance has warned.

Monday, October 15, 2018

A cyclist who died after being hit by a lorry in Erith has been formally identified, as police officers appeal for witnesses to the tragic incident to come forward.

Monday, October 15, 2018

New proposals for Hall Place and Gardens will be discussed in next week’s Places Overview and Scrutiny Committee (October 16).

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Wondering what the weather has in store for us this weekend? Watch our Met Office video forecast.

Friday, October 12, 2018

The new UK and Ireland tour of Let It Be will be arriving at the Orchard Theatre on Monday, October 15.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

A number of warrants have been executed this morning (Wednesday, October 10) in Abbey Wood as part of a proactive operation targeting drugs and associated criminality.

Most read news

Digital Edition

Read the Bexley Times e-edition today

Newsletter Sign Up

Bexley Times twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Show Job Lists

Family Notices 24