Fraudster jailed over bogus charity walk
Published 13/08/2011 | 05:00
A man who embarked on a round-Britain walk claiming he was raising money for defence forces' charity Help for Heroes was jailed for 16 months yesterday after admitting fraud.
Matthew Brown was arrested in Cornwall in November last year as he made his way around the country, accepting donations and free accommodation after telling people he was raising money for the forces' charity.
The 35-year-old claimed to have raised £500,000 (€571,000) for the well-known charity and garnered a string of celebrity endorsements.
But Help for Heroes at the time said that while he registered with the charity on August 12 last year he had failed to donate any money to the service charity between then and when he was arrested in Cornwall last November.
Brown, of Telford Road, Inverness, admitted one charge of fraud at Truro Crown Court yesterday.
A Help for Heroes spokesman said that his acts were "unforgivable".
"That people choose to fraudulently and greedily take funds for their own use, which are given generously by the British public and intended to support the wounded, is unforgivable," the spokesman said.