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Bogus fundraiser admits defrauding charity donors
A BOGUS charity fundraiser has admitted defrauding donors to stalls and sales he ran in York and across Ryedale.
John Bryan Richardson, 59, of Wellington Road in Bridlington, pleaded guilty to fraud at a hearing at York Crown Court on Monday.
He admitted six charges - all relating to fake fundraising events held between June 2010 and November 2011.
The court was told he had run stalls, supposedly to raise money for a cancer charity, at venues around Ryedale including outside the Blacksmiths Arms in Lastingham, Kirkbymoorside Memorial Hall, and at a car boot sale in Hutton le Hole, all between July 2010 and August 2011.
Between November 9 and 13 in 2011 he held another bogus charity stall on Walmgate, York, the court heard.
He also admitted fraudulently taking donations from two people, claiming the goods would then be sold off and the proceeds given to charity.
Richardson appeared before Recorder Tahir Khan. He will be sentenced at a further hearing on October 16 after reports have been prepared by the probation service.
Prosecutor Jessica Strange said they would also consider making a Proceeds of Crime application against Richardson to recover money he had made from the stalls.
“While Cancer Research UK are not a complainant in this case, they are the loser,” she added.