Serial fraudster pretended to collect charity cash in Stourbridge, court hears (From Stourbridge News)
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Serial fraudster pretended to collect charity cash in Stourbridge, court hears
2:34pm Tuesday 24th September 2013 in Local
A SERIAL charity fraudster was caught trying to collect money from kind-hearted people in Stourbridge by pretending it was for cancer research, a court heard.
David Armson, who has a string of previous convictions for the same scam, was seen calling at shops and businesses in Bridgnorth Road by an off-duty cop, Wolverhampton Crown Court was told.
The police officer immediately recognised the 23-year-old conman from Rowley Regis because he had arrested him in the past for the same offending, the court heard.
Armson, who gave police a false name after his arrest, maintained he was looking for sponsorship for a bike ride for cancer research.
Sati Ruck, prosecuting, said he had 17 pages of sponsorship forms and 14 had been completed - each carrying 31 names.
But when police checked the forms they discovered most names were fictitious and amounts pledged had been inflated to try and persuade members of the public into handing over more cash.
The forms claimed he had more than 200 donations but had only taken £15 in sponsorship from different people, Mrs Ruck added.
Armson, who has 81 previous convictions, admitted six charges of false representation, possessing a false identification document and possessing an article for use in fraud.
Judge Philip Parker QC said it was clear many of the offences on his record were for confidence fraud - pretending he was collecting money for charity.
He further remanded Armson, of Orchard Close, in custody so the prosecution could check to see if he had served time behind bars for breaching a suspended prison sentence.
Miss Ruck said Armson's offending had a "similar scenario" where he entered businesses and shops on the pretext of collecting charity cash.