A FRAUDSTER jailed for her part in a £2.2 million mortgage scam has failed to convince Appeal Court judges she was ‘rail-roaded’ into admitting her crime.
Helen Victoria Chapman, aged 50, of Victoria Court, Nether Edge, Sheffield, was jailed for 15 months in March 2010 after admitting conspiracy to obtain money by deception.
But she went to London’s Criminal Appeal Court claiming she was ‘rail-roaded’ into pleading guilty and was ‘misadvised’ by her then legal team - allegations ‘wholly refuted’ by her former lawyers.
Her appeal was dismissed by three judges, who said there was ‘no merit’ in her arguments - noting she continued to be represented by the same lawyers for 15 months after entering her guilty plea.
Chapman was involved in the fraud between 2005 and 2006 with her former partner, Anthony Gould, 49, of White Holme Drive, Leeds, and Alan Hill, 54, of Darfield Avenue, Owlthorpe, Sheffield.
Dismissing her appeal and a challenge to her jail term Judge Radford said there was ‘no merit’ in her arguments.
The judge added: “We are entirely satisfied that the plea of guilty was not in any way equivocal and note she retained the services of her legal team for 15 months after entering her plea.”