Mom claimed she had terminal cancer to scam £22,000 from benefactors on Facebook

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Mother of two, 27, survived cancer but claimed it came back as TERMINAL to scam £22,000 from benefactors on Facebook – including a man who cycled 1,000 miles to raise money for her family

  • Megan Scotcher, from Ripley, Derbyshire, has admitted to fraud by misrepresentation
  • Her appeal sparked coverage in the national press and saw an outpouring of generosity
  • A psychiatric report is being prepared for Scotcher’s sentencing in September

A mother of two survived cancer but then claimed it came back as a terminal to scam £22,000 from benefactors on Facebook.

Megan Scotcher, of Ripley, Derbyshire, admitted a charge of fraud by misrepresentation after accepting charitable donations between June and December last year.

One of the efforts to support her was a man who cycled 1,000 miles to raise money for her family.

The 27-year-old pleaded guilty to the crime via video link during a hearing at Nottingham Crown Court yesterday.

Megan Scotcher, from Ripley, Derbyshire, has admitted to fraud charges by misrepresentation after accepting charitable donations between June and December last year

During an earlier hearing at the Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court, prosecutors claimed that the defendant, who has had cancer in the past, started claiming that he had returned in April last year.

She told The Sun at the time: “I’m devastated, especially for my kids. With the youngest it’s quite difficult because he wouldn’t really understand.

“And from my eldest he knows I’m bad, but at the moment he doesn’t know the full extent.”

It was alleged that her ex-partner set up a Go Fund Me page for her afterward, something that was picked up by both local and national newspapers and resulted in “significant amounts of money being raised.”

Prosecutors said other people had also set up Go Fund Me pages for her, with one person undertaking a 1,000-mile bike ride to raise money.

“People got suspicious because things weren’t going the way they expected,” they said.

Scotcher, of Kirk Close, Ripley, was charged in March this year after being questioned by police.

The 27-year-old pleaded guilty to the crime yesterday via video link during a hearing at Nottingham Crown Court

The 27-year-old pleaded guilty to the crime yesterday via video link during a hearing at Nottingham Crown Court

In a statement that followed, Derbyshire Police said: ‘A woman from Ripley has been charged following an investigation into alleged charity fraud.

“Megan Scotcher of Ripley has been voluntarily interviewed over allegations of fraud related to charitable donations made in 2020.

“The 27-year-old has now been charged with one charge of alleged fraud by false representation and will appear before the Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court in May 2021.”

She filed her IOU at Nottingham Crown Court yesterday.

Following her plea, the case was adjourned to prepare a psychiatric report for her sentencing hearing in the same court in September.

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