Article by Brentwood Gazette: A 24-year-old woman has admitted to fraud after falsely claiming she had cervical cancer in a bid to raise money for her treatment while she was living in Billericay.
Former bank worker Danielle Watson, who now lives in Colchester, also accepted donations from bridal suppliers for a wedding she claimed she had had to bring forward in order to ensure she lived long enough to see it.
Southend Crown Court heard today (October 20) how a charity fund was started in her name after she told staff at a bridal shop that she did not have long to live and her wedding had had to be brought forward because of her failing health.
Watson was arrested in July 2012 and later charged with six counts of fraud by false representation. She admitted all charges at the start of her trial.
[quote width="auto" align="none" border="#0066cc" color="#0066cc" title="Quoted by Investigating officer Dc Rob Lewis"]Frustratingly due to the unique circumstances of this case it has taken over two years to reach court. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the large number of witnesses involved for their patience and support over what has been a difficult period for them. Danielle Watson acted in a cold and calculated manner. She befriended and abused the trust of kind and generous people who wanted to help a person they thought was dying. She obtained significant financial gain, gifts and services from the kind hearted and at no point throughout the investigation did she demonstrate any form of remorse or shoulder the responsibility for her conduct. Everyone involved will be that bit more cautious and cynical the next time they are asked to make a donation. On a positive note I would like to add that due to the diligence and intervention of two fundraisers Watson never received some of the money raised and £6,563 was donated earlier this year to the Mercedes Curnow foundation which is a registered charity set up to raise awareness surrounding cervical cancer and assists with private screening.[/quote]
Danielle Watson was released on bail pending sentencing at the same court on January 9 next year.
Article by Piers Meyler, Brentwood Gazette