Conwoman Fakes Ovarian Cancer To Fund Her Plastic Surgery
This is unbelievable.
A conwoman who faked ovarian cancer to scam £14,000 from her boyfriend for plastic surgery, has been given a suspended sentence and must pay back the funds in full.
Charlotte Roche met Matthew Pilgrim on dating site Plenty of Fish in 2014 and the two soon started going out.
Prosecutor Allister Walker told Maidstone Crown Court that "the relationship developed. He felt they were becoming quite close."
Charlotte pictured on a date with Matthew.
However, when 31-year-old Roche told him that she was having financial trouble with an Irish bank account, Walker said this was "laying the ground for what was to come".
The court heard that Ms. Roche told Matthew that she was seeing a cancer consultant because of a growth on her ovaries that required surgery.
He agreed to lend her £6,800 for the operation but when he asked tried to visit her in hospital afterwards, it was made clear that she did not want him to.
He also paid for private prescriptions and post-operative care, with the entire sum of money lent amounting to more than £14,000.
Charlotte soon stopped contacting Matthew and when it became clear to him that the relationship was over, he asked for the money back.
Mr Walker said: "He felt he had been exploited - and, of course, he had. The excuses continued to flow."
Charlotte's sister eventually called Matthew to tell him he'd been "had" and Charlotte was arrested.
Judge Philip St John-Stevens told her: "It is clear, having developed the relationship with the individual concerned, you acted in a thoroughly dishonest, manipulative and callous way and preyed on his goodwill with an untruthful story about your health.
"As a result, you defrauded him to the tune of in excess of £14,000."
Roche admitted fraud by false representation and will have to complete 80 hours unpaid work and repay the £14,220 she persuaded the victim to part with, as well as a suspended prison sentence.