Storm Desmond grant fraudster jailed for sentence breach
A woman who defrauded a charity which handed out grants to victims of Storm Desmond floods has been jailed.
Nicola Moore was handed an 18-month prison sentence suspended for two years, in December 2016.
The 34-year-old, from Windsor Road, Workington, was also told to complete 250 hours of unpaid work.
However, Carlisle Crown Court was told she only completed 24 hours and the judge has now ordered her to serve nine months of the original sentence.
The original trial heard Moore applied for £7,000 from the Cumbria Community Foundation after her rented property was hit by the flooding of December 2015.
But she also claimed for items belonging to her landlord and lodged a second application for a property she had already received a payout for.
Moore had denied making the two bogus applications, but a jury unanimously found the mother-of-two guilty of two counts of fraud.
Appearing again at Carlisle Crown Court, she admitted breaching the suspended sentence order by failing to attend appointments.
While ill health was a factor, the court heard of Moore's chronic but "self-inflicted" alcohol problem.
Judge Peter Hughes QC said he had serious doubts about whether she would commit to obtaining the help she needed.
He activated nine months of the original prison sentence, telling Moore her flood fraud had been "particularly mean and unattractive".