A con artist from Croydon, who was described by a judge as 'utterly despicable', has been jailed for 15 months, after she committed a string of doorstep scams where she duped her victims into thinking that she had seriously ill family members and needed their help and money.
She is now amongst us again - and has been targeting Clyde Road - don't let her rob you !
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Sherene Simmons of Dalmally Road, Croydon was sentenced on Wednesday 16 July, to 15 months imprisonment at Croydon Crown Court.
She had previously pleaded guilty to 12 counts of fraud by false representation at Camberwell Magistrates' Court on 22 May and a further three offences were also taken into consideration by the judge at sentencing.
The scam involved Simmons turning up unexpectedly on her victims’ doorstep, often in the early hours of the morning, and asking for help and money in order to visit a sick relative at hospital. In one case, she claimed that her mother had suffered a heart attack and that she needed to borrow the money so that she and her family could get to the hospital and visit her.
Although her victims often doubted the story, they nevertheless gave Simmons the money, but always on the proviso that she would return and pay them back.
However, Simmons completely fabricated the stories and never returned to pay her victims back. In some cases, she even returned to the same victim asking for more money and help, telling them that her mother had suffered further illness or that she had died and that she urgently needed to get to the hospital again.
Simmons targeted victims in the Addiscombe, Ashburton, Croham and Shirley areas and the amount of money she conned out of her victims varied, but was typically around £40-£60 in cash each time.
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