A heartless Sheffield fraudster who stole £100,000 of charity donations for seriously-ill and dying children is on the run in Europe.
Glen Moore absconded midway through his trial last summer and was sentenced in his absence to seven-and-a-half years in jail in August.
Moore remains at large and a new appeal to catch him has been made by police today after his wife and fellow accomplice Lynne Moore appeared in court again in a bid to recover some of the money the pair stole. Just £2,299 could be recovered from Mrs Moore after the pair spent the vast majority of their ill-gotten gains leaving her with few assets to her name.
The only money to be recovered was related to a personalised car registration plate in her name.
No action can be taken in relation to Moore’s assets until he is either caught or has been on the run for more than two years.
Moore is thought to be in Lanzarote or Cyprus but his precise whereabouts remain unknown.
The shameless couple lived in a rented house on Eastern Avenue, Arbourthorne, and claimed benefits.
But their fundraising activities, which they said were to support terminally-ill children, actually paid for a lavish lifestyle that included a rented villa in Lanzarote, personalised car registration plates and regular expensive holidays abroad.
Malcolm Lilley, from South Yorkshire Police’s financial crime investigation unit, said it may be possible to recover more money for the charities if Moore can be apprehended.
“We don’t know the circumstances of where we might catch him. He will also be subject to financial sanctions,” he said.
“Taking account of the nature of the crimes committed and the children’s charities that were defrauded of money, if anyone has information regarding the whereabouts of Glen Moore please contact the police.”
The couple held charity collections for legitimate children’s charities – including national baby charity Tommy’s – which funds research to save babies’ lives.
But instead of going on valuable research to prevent miscarriage, pregnancy defects, premature and stillbirths, the money went straight into the Moores’ bank accounts.
Sheffield Crown Court heard their scam began when Lynne became a registered collector for Tommy’s in 2000.
The last donation she made to the charity was £1,125 in November 2004, but she was still ‘collecting’ in 2010.
When Tommy’s organisers became suspicious, they blacklisted Mrs Moore – leading the couple to then set up their own bogus charity.
They started Enabled in 2010 and claimed it was raising money for terminally ill and disabled children, holding collections in pubs, supermarkets, stores like Toys R Us and at football matches.
But after an anonymous tip-off to Crimestoppers, police raided the offices of Enabled.
The pair fled the country after being arrested and released on bail but later returned to face court.
But Moore disappeared again midway through the pair’s trial.
Mrs Moore pleaded guilty to four offences of fraud and one of acquiring criminal property.
Mr Moore was tried and found guilty in his absence of the same offences.
Recorder Simon Batiste jailed Moore for seven-and-a-half years and Mrs Moore for four-and-a-half last August.
*Anyone with information should contact South Yorkshire Police on 0114 296 4163 or call Crimestoppers in confidence on 0800 555 111.