Bogus charity worker who preyed on elderly banned from knocking on doors
A fraudster who posed as a charity worker to dupe residents into giving cash donations has been banned from knocking on doors in London.
Charlotte Taylor, 31, was given a four-week prison sentence (suspended for 12 months), at Westminster Magistrates’ Court last month, after admitting fraud by false representation.
Taylor had been targeting elderly residents in homes in Fulham. She knocked on doors asking for donations for violence against women and girls.
“This bogus charity worker preyed on the elderly. But thanks to a great police investigation, she’s been brought to justice,” said Cllr Sue Fennimore, Deputy Leader of H&F Council.
Taylor was also made subject to a Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO) and a drug rehabilitation programme.
Not a registered fundraiser
The court was told that Ms Taylor was not a registered fundraiser in the borough. Members of local charities which do raise money for violence against women and girls made representations to the court as part of the evidence against Taylor.
Under the conditions of the CBO, which will last for five years, she:
- Must not throughout Greater London call at any residential address with intent to, or in order to solicit money
- Ask any person for charitable donations
- Be in possession of any article, container, or correspondence for the use of charitable donations.
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