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Scammers admit to summer camp cash fraud plot

TWO young women who scammed householders into giving them money for a fake charity to send disadvantaged children to summer camp have admitted fraud charges.

Catriona McDonagh and Catriona McDonnell, both aged 19, were caught with a fake sponsorship card as they collected money door to door in west Dublin.

They had more of the cards in their car when gardai arrested them.

Judge Patrick Clyne said the courts would never know how much money they had collected before they were caught. McDonagh, of St Canice's Court and McDonnell of St Mary's Park, Dunsink Lane, both in Finglas, pleaded guilty to using a false instrument under the Theft and Fraud Act.

Dublin District Court heard the incident happened on Palmerstown Avenue on March 22. Garda Ciaran Wynne said officers went to the scene at 10.10am after receiving a number of complaints that two women were calling into houses looking for money.

When asked for a permit, the two women admitted they had none and they were arrested.

McDonagh had no previous convictions, while McDonnell had one for the same charge, in similar circumstances.

Judge Clyne ordered them to pay €250 each to the Society of St Vincent de Paul and adjourned the case to July 30.