Woman sentenced for faking terminal illness to con charity into paying for her wedding

|News, Fraud and economic crime

A woman who claimed she had terminal cancer so she could con a small charity into paying for a wedding ceremony has today been sentenced.

Carla Evans, 29, pretended to have bladder cancer, thyroid cancer, and liver and kidney failure to defraud the charity Wish Upon a Wedding which gives people with terminal illnesses a chance to have a memorable family event.

Evans posted on social media claiming she was dying and asked for help and was contacted by a volunteer from the charity, who, taken in by her lies, ended up offering to organise a vow renewal ceremony worth £15,000. They asked for just £500 toward the cost and asked for proof of her diagnosis in return.

Evans’ story unravelled when she forged a letter from an NHS consultant prompting an investigation. The charity began to question her account and police were contacted.

She pleaded guilty at Newport Magistrates’ Court and was sentenced today (16 August) at Cardiff Crown Court to a sentence of 12 months' imprisonment, suspended for 15 months, plus 120 hours community service and pay a £340 fine. She must also undertake a 15-day rehabilitation activity requirement.

Lisa Bennett, from the CPS said: “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."

The CPS brought charges against Evans after receiving a file of evidence from a Gwent Police investigation involving the NHS Counter Fraud team.

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Notes to editors

  • Carla Evans (D.O.B. 07/05/1990), from Caerphilly, admitted fraud
  • Lisa Bennett is a Senior Crown Prosecutor from CPS Cymru Wales.

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