Man jailed for defrauding Storm Desmond flood appeal charity

23/12/2016

A 29 year old man has today been sentenced to nine months imprisonment at Carlisle Crown Court for defrauding the Cumbria Community Foundation of £4,050 between December 2015 and April 2016.

Marc Morley pleaded guilty to submitting three false claims to the charity. After receiving an initial pay-out of £1,000, he submitted three bogus claims, receiving pay-outs of £1,000 and £1,750. He then submitted a fourth claim for £1,300 which was not authorised and led to him being investigated for fraud.

Rebecca McGregor, Crown Advocate for CPS North West said: "Marc Morley partook in what can only be described as a cruel and selfish deception. He deliberately targeted a charity which had been set up for those who had been left devastated by the floods in Cumbria towards the end of 2015.

"After his first successful claim which awarded him with a £1,000 pay-out, his greed led him to submit three fraudulent claims detailing further financial losses he had supposedly suffered. Upon receipt of the fourth claim, the charity conducted enquiries and found that this claim and the previous two claims were not genuine.

"He not only stole and attempted to steal from the charity and those in genuine need of financial help, but also from each and every individual and community who had donated the funds during a public appeal. However, his dishonesty eventually caught up with him and following today's sentence, he must now face up to the consequences of his actions.

"The CPS and the police are dedicated to tackling fraud and will work together to bring to justice those who think they can make a profit by diverting funds from those in genuine need for their own gains."