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Woman fined for pretending to collect money for children's charity - London

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A 55-year-old woman has been fined after she fraudulently pretended to be collecting money for a children’s charity.

Philomena Akintan, of Peckham High Street in London, was given an £850 fine and a six week suspended sentence at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court yesterday (20/6).

On 27 June last year, Akintan was spotted by a BTP officer collecting money for the CLIC Sargent charity at Southfields Tube Station, whilst Wimbledon was on.

Checks with the charity showed that they had no record of her, the collection or any money received.

Akintan was found guilty of fraud by false representation at court yesterday after pleading not guilty.

Investigating officer Inspector Dan Tanner said: “We are determined to tackle these type of fraud offences - which not only damage the travelling public’s confidence in donating money but directly take money from those who really need it.”

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