Caerphilly bride to be fraudster lied about having bladder cancer to get charity to pay for wedding

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A bride-to-be pretended she was dying of cancer to get a charity that pays for weddings for the terminally to fork out £15,000 for her big day. 

Carla Louise Evans, 29, claimed she didn’t have long to live after being diagnosed with bladder cancer and liver failure.

A court heard she forged the signature of an NHS consultant urologist to swindle the Wish For A Wedding charity.

Evans, of Trecenydd, Caerphilly, only had to contribute £500 towards her dream wedding, because the charity paid for the rest.

But wedding organisers called in police after checking with the hospital where she claimed to be getting treatment.

She is now facing jail after admitting to fraud by false representation in court in Newport. 

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 charity had agreed to pay £15,000 towards the wedding – all she had to contribute was £500.’

Wish For A Wedding made a routine check with the Royal Gwent Hospital in Newport, South Wales, and discovered the mother-of-two was not a cancer patient.

Evans is facing jail after admitting fraud by false representation when she applied to the charity in November last year.

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

She could be jailed for between six months and three years, according to sentencing guidelines. 

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

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.’

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

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