A Sheffield couple who defrauded tens of thousands of pounds through fake children’s charity collections appear to have ‘literally spent everything’.
Financial investigator Malcolm Lilley said Glen and Lynne Moore have left little behind after making an estimated £100,000 profit from duping kind-hearted individuals into handing over cash.
The money paid for a lavish lifestyle that included a rented villa in Lanzarote and a Jaguar car.
A financial investigation revealed that the Moores had spent the vast majority of their ill-gotten gains.
At a hearing at Doncaster Crown Court for Mrs Moore, who is currently serving a four-and-a-half year jail sentence, it was only possible to recover £2,299 from her - money related to a personalised car registration plate in her name.
That money will be donated to baby charity Tommy’s, one of the organisations defrauded by the pair.
Mr Lilley said: “It appears they have literally spent everything, leaving just the personalised number plate. You have to feel for the charities.”
Mr Lilley added he was pleased the investigation by South Yorkshire Police’s financial crimes investigation unit had at least been able to recover some of the stolen money for Tommy’s, which funds medical research into the causes of miscarriage, stillbirth and premature birth.
He said: “It is good to be able to return at least something through this hearing. It has been able to provide something for Tommy’s.”
Mr Moore is still on the run but it is hoped that if he can be apprehended, more money can be recovered.
The pair were arrested in 2011 after setting up a bogus charity called Enabled that they said was raising money to send terminally-ill and disabled children on holidays abroad.
But they instead used the money to pay for their own luxury foreign trips - all while claiming benefits from their modest home in Arbourthorne.
Following their arrests, devastated Enabled workers said staff had not been paid.
The fraudulent company managed to get work for staff by working with Job Centre Plus, the Remploy disabled employment charity, Opportunity Sheffield and through adverts on websites. The charity raised money by placing vending machines and children’s rides in businesses.