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Con artist jailed for doorstep scams
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A con artist from Croydon, who was described by a judge as 'utterly despicable', has been jailed for 15 months, after she committed a string of doorstep scams where she duped her victims into thinking that she had seriously ill family members and needed their help and money.
Sherene Simmons (10/04/1982) of Dalmally Road, Croydon was sentenced yesterday, Wednesday 16 July, to 15 months imprisonment at Croydon Crown Court.
She had previously pleaded guilty to 12 counts of fraud by false representation at Camberwell Magistrates' Court on 22 May and a further three offences were also taken into consideration by the judge at sentencing.
The scam involved Simmons turning up unexpectedly on her victims’ doorstep, often in the early hours of the morning, and asking for help and money in order to visit a sick relative at hospital. In one case, she claimed that her mother had suffered a heart attack and that she needed to borrow the money so that she and her family could get to the hospital and visit her.
Although her victims often doubted the story, they nevertheless gave Simmons the money, but always on the proviso that she would return and pay them back.
Detective Constable Scott Barefoot, from Croydon CID, who investigated the case said:
"Simmons preyed on the goodwill of her victims to con them out of money, when they thought she was in real need. The judge described her crimes as ‘utterly despicable’ and it is an apt description of what she has done. I hope the fact that she will now be behind bars for a significant amount of time will give her victims some comfort."