Shropshire

Bogus charity collector jailed after admitting fraud

A bogus charity collector who conned firms out of money by claiming he had a son who had died from leukaemia has been sentenced to two years in prison.

Owen Fox Roswell, 28, of Newent Close, Shrewsbury, told businesses he was running marathons for cancer charities.

He pleaded guilty to 28 charges of fraud amounting to £1,200 at Shrewsbury Magistrates' Court in August.

The judge sentencing him at Shrewsbury Crown Court said his actions may have damaged legitimate charity collections.

'Despicable'

Roswell, who also used other names, targeted independent business owners in Shropshire, Leominster and Staffordshire.

The court heard that the story used by Roswell varied from business to business.

Prosecutor Andrew Barkley said that Roswell's actions were premeditated and that he was an out and out "confidence trickster."

Judge Robin Onions said that Roswell's fraud was "rightly described as despicable" and that his actions may have "affected charities themselves".

Roswell was jailed for 18 months for 25 fraud charges relating to the sponsorship money and an additional six months for three charges of fraud related to not paying the bill at several guest houses he had stayed in.

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