6:04am 10th June 2015
It is revealed a woman who conned a Truro dogs charity out of thousands of pounds did it to fund her gambling habit.
Pirate FM told you how Katrina Jones from Sheffield has been sent down for six years after targeting K9 Crusaders in Bissoe.
The judge at Cardiff Crown Court called the 52 year old “cold-blooded, evil and malevolent.”
Police say donations going to the charity are now safe.
It is revealed that Jones had already been forced to flee the UK once, when her con crimes threatened to catch up with her.
Now she will spend time behind bars, after pleading guilty to a string of fraud charges relating to incidents in Cornwall, South Wales and Cumbria.
Judge David Wynn Morgan said Jones’s frauds had been “carried out with considerable nerve.”
He told her: “There is no evidence to suggest any money you received from the frauds was spent on anything or anyone other than yourself.
“You are a cold-blooded, evil and malevolent confidence trickster.”
Following her arrest in December 2014, Jones was charged with a further 29 separate offences of theft and fraud in excess of £500,000.
Investigative Officer Detective Constable Dave Skelton said: “Police would like to reassure supporters of the K9 Crusaders charity that their finances are now secure and that any future donations made are protected.
“K9 Crusaders received a significant donation which was aimed to fund the redevelopment of their premises. However, Jones diverted a substantial amount of this money to fund her own gambling and lifestyle, this resulted in significant financial hardship for the charity as they struggled to meet their financial commitments.
“We are pleased with the outcome and sentence given to Jones, and we hope this shows that we take this type of crime very seriously and will endeavour to prosecute offenders and those who take advantage of their positions, like Jones did in her role as a treasurer for a local charity.”