A charity fraudster who cheated kind-hearted donors out of £19,000 by falsely claiming she needed alternative treatments for cancer has been ordered to pay back the money paid to her on-line Just Giving page.
After out-of-court discussions today (Fri) it was agreed that while Keera Brayford had benefited by £19,237 the only money available for repayment is £10,515.
Liverpool Crown Court heard that that sum is held by Just Giving after she set up a page to trick people into sending her money claiming she had three types of skin cancer and three muscular cancer tumours which were not responding to conventional treatment.
Just Giving is now to repay the donors, said Chris Taylor, prosecuting.
25-year-old Brayford, a sociology teacher, of Cedar Road, Whiston, Merseyside, was not present in court today.
She was sentenced to two years imprisonment suspended for two years last November after pleading guilty to fraud between March and September last year and she had four similar offences taken into consideration.
The sentencing judge told her then, “You behaved despicably” and as well as the jail sentence she imposed a year long curfew between 7 - 6 am and ordered her to carry our 35 days rehabilitation activities.
Brayford did not have cancer at all but even fooled her own parents and other relatives into believing that she did - so she could use the charity donations to pay off her debts.
After her brazen fraud offences came to light and she was quizzed by police she said it had begun after she told colleagues at the Thomas Sutton Academy in St Helens, Merseyside, she had cancer.
She claimed she had invented the ailment in fake sick notes and hospital appointments as her employers would not give her time off for appointments for sexually transmitted disease investigations.
Brayford had even searched on Google about “how to defraud employer about being ill.”
Her bosses became suspicious about the notes and found that she had been using a computer at the school to manufacture the bogus medical notes and appointments and her web of lies began to untangle.
Meanwhile she had claimed on her Facebook page that she had skin cancer and set up the Just Giving page and various fund raising events were held - some taking money away from genuine good causes.
Just Giving still has the £10,515 donations it received but donations by four individuals, totalling, £8,722, were paid directly to her and have not been returned to the duped donors.