Jail for conman
A CONMAN who posed as a brave firefighter raising cash for his terminally ill , daughter was jailed for 14 months last week. Kelly Jones, 41, of Rose Lane, Chadwell Heath, duped kind-hearted victims into buying raffle tickets by claiming his healthy daug
A CONMAN who posed as a brave firefighter raising cash for his "terminally ill", daughter was jailed for 14 months last week.
Kelly Jones, 41, of Rose Lane, Chadwell Heath, duped kind-hearted victims into buying raffle tickets by claiming his healthy daughter was suffering from leukaemia.
The callous crook donned a fire brigade T-shirt and showed off a Metropolitan Police flyer endorsing his apparent plight.
Jones raffled an Arsenal shirt featuring fake autographs of the club's players to pocket cash in 2002, Snaresbrook Crown Court heard.
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Jones admitted five fraud charges and asked for 13 other similar offences to be taken into consideration.
Judge Nicholas Huskinson jailed Jones for 14 months and gave him a 10-year ASBO banning him from wearing emergency service clothing and raising money for "charity", from having raffle tickets, calling at homes where he does not know the occupants and claiming relatives suffer serious illness.
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Jones had a string of previous convictions for similar offences, including selling raffle tickets in 2005 for his "leukaemia suffering" daughter to go to Disneyland, Florida.
He was arrested in Ilford on November 15 after he was seen sporting a fire brigade logo as he peddled tickets door-to-door.
Jones was interviewed but denied any wrongdoing and later skipped bail.
He was arrested again on December 2 after a member of the public alerted safer neighbourhoods officers.
He admitted claiming the funds were for his "sick" daughter and later confessed to impersonating a fireman.
He appeared before Redbridge Magistrates on January 21, but again skipped bail.
Jones was finally snared by Fullwell Safer Neighbourhood officers on February 10, after he was again caught swindling charity givers.
Police seized �38 cash from Jones, although it is unclear how much money he conned from his victims.
David Claydon, defending, said his client was battling drug addiction and that Jones, who will serve six months before being released on licence, had de-toxed while on remand in prison.