A “manipulative” mum who ran fake fundraising appeals to con grieving families out of £1,000 has been jailed for more than two years.
Chanel Bailey, 26, launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise funds for a memorial after befriending a woman whose premature baby died.
In total, 28 people helped raise almost £1,000 for the grieving parents – but Bailey kept the money for herself.
Nottingham Crown Court heard she withdrew £935 from the crowdfunding account on 21 January, 2020.
A police investigation discovered Bailey had previously scammed a mum who was desperately trying to raise funds to help her daughter in 2017.
Bailey contacted the mum of a two-year-old girl via Facebook as the toddler battled a brain tumour.
She told the mother that she wanted to help raise money to send the little girl to Germany for treatment and organised a sponsored walk – but Bailey failed to hand over the donated cash after the event.
Bailey also announced plans to shave her head to raise money for the same cause but she did not shave it and refused to hand over £100 which had been raised at the pub event.
Witnesses said she returned home to an assisted living project with shopping bags and said she wanted a takeaway, despite being unable to afford them.
The little girl later died without receiving any additional treatment abroad.
Bailey, of Lenton, Nottingham, admitted fraud by false representation and theft.
Jailing her for two years and three months, judge Stuart Rafferty QC said she had “animal cunning”.
Inspector Christopher Jury, of Nottinghamshire Police, added: “Chanel Bailey took advantage of her victims' pain and the charitable spirit of many people, just so she could treat herself on other people’s hard-earned money.
“The deception was cunning and manipulative and I am pleased the courts recognised this.
“There is absolutely no excuse for her actions and she is deserving of the prison sentence she will now have to serve.”