Bogus Help for Heroes collectors targeted Sunderland fans

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MEMBERS of a gang who pocketed tens of thousands of pounds they claimed to be collecting for Help for Heroes have been ordered to pay back as little as £1 each.

The fraudsters registered with the charity to get their hands on paraphenalia which would convince the public they were legitimate collectors.

Dated: 24/05/2012'CALLOUS GANG DEFRAUDED HELP FOR HEROES CHARITY & ORDERED TO PAY BACK ONLY �1'A  gang of heartless fraudsters pocketed �45,000 in cash they claimed to be collecting on behalf of Help For Heroes. has been ordered to pay back only �1'Pictured is Ellen Grant, 45, from Manchester, who was jailed for 15 months at Newcastle Crown Court.  'SEE STORY BY NORTH NEWS  ' NOT AVAILABLE FOR PRINT SALES

Dated: 24/05/2012'CALLOUS GANG DEFRAUDED HELP FOR HEROES CHARITY & ORDERED TO PAY BACK ONLY �1'A gang of heartless fraudsters pocketed �45,000 in cash they claimed to be collecting on behalf of Help For Heroes. has been ordered to pay back only �1'Pictured is Ellen Grant, 45, from Manchester, who was jailed for 15 months at Newcastle Crown Court. 'SEE STORY BY NORTH NEWS ' NOT AVAILABLE FOR PRINT SALES

They then targeted football stadiums including the Stadium of Light, concert halls, public events, train stations and bars across the north of England.

Thousands of innocent members of the public handed over their hard-earned cash to the scamsters in the belief they were helping a worthy cause.

Prosecutors believe the scam made £45,000 in just three months.

Four of the fraudsters were at Newcastle Crown Court yesterday for a hearing under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

Dated: 24/05/2012'CALLOUS GANG DEFRAUDED HELP FOR HEROES CHARITY ORDERED TO PAY BACK �1'A  gang of heartless fraudsters pocketed �45,000 in cash they claimed to be collecting on behalf of Help For Heroes.  has been ordered to pay back only �1'Pictured is Natalie Hornby, 39, from Nunthorpe, Middlesbrough, who was jailed for 30 months at Newcastle Crown Court.  'SEE STORY BY NORTH NEWS ' NOT AVAILABLE FOR PRINT SALES

Dated: 24/05/2012'CALLOUS GANG DEFRAUDED HELP FOR HEROES CHARITY ORDERED TO PAY BACK �1'A gang of heartless fraudsters pocketed �45,000 in cash they claimed to be collecting on behalf of Help For Heroes. has been ordered to pay back only �1'Pictured is Natalie Hornby, 39, from Nunthorpe, Middlesbrough, who was jailed for 30 months at Newcastle Crown Court. 'SEE STORY BY NORTH NEWS ' NOT AVAILABLE FOR PRINT SALES

It was agreed Jacqueline Newnham, Ellen Grant, Lydia Cummerson and Natalie Hornby made a total benefit of £15,800, or £3,950 each, in the scam.

But as Grant, Cummerson and Hornby have no assets Judge Brian Forster could order them to pay back just a single pound each.

Newnham, who does have access to cash, was ordered to pay back the full figure of £3,950.

At the sentencing hearing last year Judge Brian Forster said the fraud was a “scandal and a disgrace”.

Dated: 24/05/2012  'CALLOUS GANG DEFRAUDED HELP FOR HEROES CHARITY PRDERED TO PAY BACK �1'A  gang of heartless fraudsters pocketed �45,000 in cash they claimed to be collecting on behalf of Help For Heroes has been ordered to pay back only �1'Pictured is Lydia Cummerson, 41, from Salford, who was jailed for 12 months at Newcastle Crown Court.  'SEE STORY BY NORTH NEWS  ' NOT AVAILABLE FOR PRINT SALES

Dated: 24/05/2012 'CALLOUS GANG DEFRAUDED HELP FOR HEROES CHARITY PRDERED TO PAY BACK �1'A gang of heartless fraudsters pocketed �45,000 in cash they claimed to be collecting on behalf of Help For Heroes has been ordered to pay back only �1'Pictured is Lydia Cummerson, 41, from Salford, who was jailed for 12 months at Newcastle Crown Court. 'SEE STORY BY NORTH NEWS ' NOT AVAILABLE FOR PRINT SALES

Hornby, 39, of Railway Cottages, Nunthorpe, was jailed for 30 months.

She was convicted by a jury of conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation.

Newnham, 57, of Linden Way, Droylsdon, Manchester, pleaded guilty to the charge and was jailed for 16 months.

Grant, 45, of Albert Avenue, Prestwich, Manchester, was found guilty by a jury and jailed for 15 months.

Cummerson, 41, of Falconwood Chase, Boothstown, Salford, was also convicted by a jury and jailed for 12 months.

Robert Hornby admitted a minor part in the fraud and was given a four-month sentence, suspended for 12 months, with supervision.

The Proceeds of Crime Act application against him was discontinued.

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