A woman convinced her boyfriend that she was suffering from cancer and took £14,000 from him only to spend £4,000 on getting plastic surgery done.
The two met through a dating site and went out for the first time in April 2014. Soon after Charlotte Roche told Matthew Pilgrim that she had ovarian cancer. The man thought she was in remission. However, she told him that she needed to undergo surgery to remove growth from her ovaries, reports Daily Mail.
The 31-year-old woman conned Matthew by saying that there was a six-month wait on NHS, however a private surgery could be done in a couple of days only if she had the money. Matthew bought her lie and agreed to lend her the money.
Charlotte took money from Matthew for surgery and post-operative check-ups and follow-ups. The relationship soon petered out. Matthew asked for his money back as he felt that he had been exploited.
However, he was still under the impression that Charlotte went through the cancer-related surgery.
It was Charlotte's sister who blew the whistle and informed Matthew that he had been fooled into coughing up the money and where the money for the alleged surgery had actually been used.
Charlotte was arrested. The court gave her a suspended sentence and asked her to pay Matthew back. She will also have to do 80 hours of unpaid work to atone for the dishonest, manipulative and callous way she preyed on Matthew's goodwill with a dishonest story about her health.