Charity fraudster caught by merchant receipts

Published:  13 October, 2010

HEBDEN BRIDGE: Fingerprints on receipts issued by Mytholmroyd Builders' Merchants for charity donations have led to the conviction of a fraudster.

The fingerprints of Peter Fisher, 53, were found by police on two receipts he gave to Mytholmroyd Builders' Merchants when supposedly fund-raising.

Mr Fisher, from Savile Court, Dewsbury, approached the company in April, claiming that he was fund-raising for Mytholmroyd Cricket Club. He gave them a receipt for its £40 donation but the money was never passed on to the club.

Two months later he contacted the company by telephone and asked if they wanted to sponsor an advertisement for the Mytholmroyd Gala. The firm again accepted a receipt for its £40 contribution and Mr Fisher again kept the money for himself.

Later that month a legitimate gala worker called at the company and the fraud was discovered.

Peter Fisher, 57, admitted two counts of fraud when he appeared before Calderdale magistrates but he avoided jail despite similar previous offences. He received a four-month suspended sentence and was ordered to pay compensation of £80, plus costs of £85.

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