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Abbey Wood con artist jailed

PUBLISHED: 14:44 05 February 2013 | UPDATED: 14:44 05 February 2013

Rosemary Scotter

Rosemary Scotter

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An Abbey Wood fraudster who conned more than 50 of money while pretending to be a charity collector has been jailed for six months.

Rosemary Scotter, 40, pleaded guilty to fraud by false representation last Monday (4) at Woolwich Crown Court.

On December 17 this year Scotter, who lives in Bracondale Road, knocked at an address in Abbey Wood, displayed identification and told the female homeowner she was raising funds for a charity walk.

She admitted that she had visited a large number of homes but could not remember where most were.

Scotter was given £10 but the victim’s husband called the police when he came home and gave a good description of the con artist.

She was arrested on January 4 and when her home was searched sponsorship forms and information on charities was discovered by police.

The charities listed confirmed the forms were bogus and that Scotter had never registered with them before.

Det Ch Insp Gary Holmes of Bexley CID said: “This was a particularly despicable action on the part of Rosemary Scotter. She used people’s good nature against them and stole money on false pretences for her own gain.

“Generous people will think twice about giving to charity or sponsoring someone who is genuinely giving their time to raise much needed funds.”

The judge took into account 52 other offences Scotter admitted to police.

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