(LIVERPOOL, U.K.) COURT REPORT: Keera Bray a teacher faked cancer in elaborate fraud to pocket £19,000 in charity donations, lied to her family, friends and colleagues telling them she was likely to die and was undergoing aggressive chemotherapy but judge does not jail her just suspended sentence, curfew and tag #AceN ewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.04: A teacher pretended she had cancer to pocket a £19,000 windfall from kind-hearted charity donors: Keera Brayford even lied to close family and friends, claiming she had three types of tumours which were growing and likely to kill her……….”It was all a lie…you maintained this to your colleagues at work, even your friends and family #AceNewsDesk reports

The 25-year-old hoodwinked relatives and pals, describing how she was undergoing aggressive chemotherapy which was also making her feel very sick: She made internet Google searches on “how to defraud an employer” as part of her complex ruse, a court heard……………….Charity fundraising efforts were organised to help her and one man even planned to jump out of a plane to get her more cash……………After months of deceit, Brayford was finally caught and arrested by police, leaving those who knew her astonished by her dishonesty.

Brayford, from Whiston, Merseyside was charged with fraud by representation and pleaded guilty to all the offences in front of Liverpool magistrates: Brayford escaped jail today after a judge described her behaviour as “despicable” but suspended her prison sentence, meaning she walked free with a curfew and an electronic tag.

Tens of thousands of pounds were raised on a JustGiving website, with Brayford keeping her story secret for months on end: Brayford was eventually caught out by staff at the Thomas Sutton Academy in St Helens who suspected she was faking some medical notes: When finally confronted and admitting her lies to detectives, she claimed she was finding it difficult to get time off to go and get a test for sexually transmitted diseases.

The JustGiving website was set up under the headline: “Cancer does not have a face until it’s yours or someone you know.”……………..Mandy Nepal, prosecuting, said Brayford invented doctors’ names who she claimed were dealing with her, and set up the JustGiving page, initially, to get cash to provide “breathing space”………………The former teacher told friends she had undergone bouts of chemotherapy, and said she was looking into alternative treatments as traditional methods to beat the supposed cancer had not worked……………………In total, £19,000 was swindled, with £10,000 still with JustGiving and unspent, but another £9,000 used to pay off some of her debts……………She claimed she had fatal illnesses which meant “she was not going to live long” and used some of the cash on clothes, including payments to the Very female fashion store.

Some was also used to pay off credit card bills: Brayford even hoodwinked her mum and dad, who attended Liverpool Crown Court today, in support of their daughter……………She concocted a MacMillan cancer letter, invented a doctor’s name and email addresses to try to provide proof of her illness, with one email being traced back to Edinburgh and an animal biology department………………In September, police attended her home address, where she still persisted with her lies, informing detectives that her skin cancer had “spread to her muscles and her torso,” and that she had started fundraising for money to finance alternative treatments…………………Brayford described suspicions from staff at her ex-St Helens school were “malicious and not true.”

But she was arrested days later and it was revealed she’d been suspended by the school and quit her job over the falsification of medical notes: Finally, Brayford, of Cedar Road, Whiston, admitted pretending she had cancer, but told police she was still ill and was in constant pain…………….When detectives showed her evidence from the NHS that she had NEVER had cancer, she confessed to the full details of the fraud……………………Brayford admitted no chemotherapy had been undertaken and conceded “it all got a bit much” when her fraud gathered pace and was in full swing.

Brayford, who attended court on crutches, still claimed to be suffering from a mystery illness: The court heard that ‘“vulnerable” Brayford had a “troubled history”, had previously tried to harm herself and was scheduled to undergo an ultrasound appointment (tomorrow) for an “auto immune” type of disease.

Amy Butler, defending, said: “She is extremely remorseful…she will never be able to work as a teacher again. She is devastated that she finds herself in this position.”

Recorder Kate Cornell said: “This is a pretty sophisticated fraud on the goodwill of the public…she knew full well she wasn’t getting chemo, and yet she asked for money for that treatment…she lied to family and friends as well.”

She told her: “Generous people, genuinely believed in your plight…this was a sophisticated fraud….you forged letters and sick notes from doctors………“You made heartfelt pleas on websites….you set up a false email account..

Source: Dailyrecord.co.uk/ Published: November.03:2018:

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