Worthing cancer fraud woman is spared jail

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A WORTHING woman who fraudulently raised money after lying to friends and colleagues that she was dying from cancer has been spared jail.

At Hove Crown Court today (Tuesday, March 1) Caroline Bull, of Amo Close, pleaded guilty to one charge of fraud, and one charge of stealing £8,537.43 in sick pay from her employer, H&R Healthcare Limited.

The court heard Bull, 38, had told friends and colleagues she was dying from cervical cancer and, with their help, held fundraising evenings in 2008 and 2009 for Cancer Research.

From these evenings around £4,500 was raised, but the charity never received the money, the court heard.

Judge Andrew Niblett decided to spare Bull from jail and sentenced her to a 12-month community order, which included 200 hours of unpaid work.

For a full report of the court hearing, read the Worthing Herald this Thursday, March 3.