Mum claimed she had terminal cancer to scam £22,000 from well-wishers

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

  • Megan Scotcher, from Ripley, Derbyshire, admitted fraud by false representation
  • Her appeal sparked national press coverage and saw 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 terminal to scam £22,000 from well-wishers on Facebook.

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

Among the efforts to support her was one man who cycled 1,000 miles to raise cash for her family.  

The 27-year-old pleaded guilty to the offence over video link at a hearing at Nottingham Crown Court yesterday.

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

At a previous hearing at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court, prosecutors alleged the defendant, who has a history of cancer, began to claim it had returned in April last year.

She told the Sun at the time: ‘I’m absolutely devastated – more so for my children. With the youngest it’s quite difficult because he wouldn’t really understand.

‘And with my eldest, he knows that I’m poorly but at the minute he doesn’t know the full extent.’

It was claimed that following this, her ex-partner set up a Go Fund Me page for her, something which was picked up by both local and national newspapers and resulted in ‘significant amounts of money being raised’.

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

‘People became suspicious because things were not progressing as they would expect,’ they said.

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

The 27-year-old pleaded guilty to the offence over video link at a hearing at Nottingham Crown Court yesterday

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

‘Megan Scotcher from Ripley was voluntarily interviewed following allegations of fraud in respect of charitable donations made in 2020.

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

She entered her guilty plea at Nottingham Crown Court yesterday.

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

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