Charity Boss Condems Bogus Fundraiser 2009: Wednesday August

Charity boss condems bogus fundraiser

Wednesday, August 26 2009 The head of a charity that was the victim of a Kent fraudster says she is disappointed he was not
locked up. Gary Ferris, 38, from Sweet Bay Crescent in Ashford was sentenced last week after he previously admitted fraudulently claiming money meant for Hopes and Dreams. He had organised race nights in aid of the charity which helps terminally ill children but pocketed the cash himself. He was handed a six month prison sentence suspended for two years and 180 hours of unpaid community work by Canterbury Crown Court on Friday. Ruth Salahi, the chairman of Hopes and Dreams, believes he should have been locked up like people guilty of similar crimes. She said: “This money would have gone to children who are terminally and critically ill for some of them their last dreams. It’s abhorrent. You can’t think someone would do should a thing.”
Ruth Salahi said: “We’re a bit wiser now and I hope everyone else is too.”

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