‘Deceitful’ fraudster jailed
A deceitful fraudster has today been sentenced to 20 months behind bars.
She admitted taking money from the charity and keeping it for herself.
Kayleigh Towler (36) of Albert Avenue, Hull appeared at Hull Crown Court for sentencing today, Friday 11 March, after pleading guilty to fraud.
The court heard how Towler defrauded hundreds of people.
It is reported the estimate could be as much as £20,000.
“As well as defrauding The Rich Foundation, a charity that she set up and ran, Towler launched a charity fund in support of a family who had sadly lost their child and kept the money for herself.”
“Towler is reported to have spent it on herself including, hotels, travel, eating out, and living beyond her means.”
Detective Inspector Ben Robinson leading the investigation said: “I’m pleased that this case has come to court today. Those monies should have been used to help and support a family grieving for the loss of their little boy.
“I hope that today’s outcome provides the family and those members of the public who donated with some comfort in knowing that Towler is now being punished for her selfish and deceitful actions.
“Tackling online crime, be it theft fraud or any other offending, and protecting people in our society is a key priority for us.
“Unfortunately, fraudsters do take advantage of the kindness and generosity of members of the public when giving to charitable causes and those who are in need.
“We take all reports of fraud extremely seriously, if you think you might have been a victim of fraud, report it to Action Fraud by visiting action fraud.police.UK or by calling 0300 123 2040. Alternatively, call Humberside Police on 101.”