Bride-to-be lied about cancer to swindle £15,000 from charity to pay for wedding


A BRIDE-TO-BE faked having cancer to con £15,000 from a charity that funds weddings for people who are terminally ill.

Carla Louise Evans claimed she did not have long to live after being diagnosed with bladder cancer and liver failure.

She appealed to charity Wish For A Wedding to hand over the cash for a dream wedding – with her only having to fork out £500.

The 29-year-old even forged the signature of an NHS consult to swindle the money from them.

Wedding organisers called the police after making a routine check the hospital where she claimed to be getting treatment. 

Evans, of Trecenydd, Caerphilly, is facing jail after admitting fraud by false representation at Newport Magistrates Court.

“We brought in the police after doing checks on Carla Evans’s application and finding out she had lied”

Rachael Kirkwood

Prosecutor Andrew Gwynne said: “Evans applied to the charity claiming she had cancer and liver failure.

“In fact she had neither of these conditions.

“She forged the signature of consultant urologist Dr Adam Carter on the charity’s application form.”

The mum-of-two had claimed she was a cancer patient at the Royal Gwent Hospital.

Wish for a Wedding carried out a check at the hospital and discovered she was faking the condition.

Rachael Kirkwood, who set up the charity, said after the case: “This woman sent in an application saying she had a terminal illness.

“We always check to make sure they have the condition and they only have a few months to live.

“We brought in the police after doing checks on Carla Evans’s application and finding out she had lied.”

Newport magistrates sent Evans to the Crown Court to be sentenced because the fraud was “too serious” for them to deal with.

She was warned she could be jailed for up to three years for her crime.

Evans, who has no previous convictions, was released on bail.

The Manchester-based charity funds between five and 10 weddings every year for couples facing a terminal illness.


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