Search

Bogus charity collector who took ‘donations’ from commuters at Redbridge stations jailed

14:37 05 February 2013

Roy Bardy was jailed for 13 months

Roy Bardy was jailed for 13 months

Archant

A bogus charity collector who exploited the generosity of Redbridge commuters to pocket donations has been jailed.

Roy Bardy, 48, was sentenced to 13 months in jail at Blackfriars Crown Court on Monday.

He pleaded guilty of two counts of fraud by false representation but British Transport Police found evidence of 81 collections he arranged over three years.

Redbridge was targeted in 2010, when Bardy set up “collections” at Barkingside, Wanstead, Newbury Park, Gants Hill, Hainault and Snaresbrook stations.

Commuters believed they were giving the money to Christian charity the Communion of True Vineyard Foundation from December 9 to Christmas Eve.

Bardy, of Henshawe Road, Dagenham, also took donations for the NAS International housing charity at train stations across eight counties.

British Transport Police said they were first alerted to his actions by commuters complaining of suspicious behaviour.

A spokesman said Bardy approached charities offering his services as a charity collector and fundraiser to recruit volunteers.

Once he had gained their trust, he would establish contact with train companies to authorise collections at stations, the court heard.

Speaking after the hearing, Det Con Mike Ganly said: “This is a sad case that has seen commuters’ kind generosity and donations to charities unknowingly taken by Bardy.

“He is a callous thief and his actions, diverting money away from charities which rely on donations to fund their good work, has resulted in those good causes suffering financial losses.”

An investigation led to officers carrying out a search warrant of his rented office in Dagenham and his arrest in November 2010.

Sentencing Bardy, Judge Henry Blacksell said: “You saw an opportunity to make money from charities which you manipulated to your advantage.

“You made multiple fraudulent, deceiving transactions over the years.

“It was a breach of trust and a representation which causes people to suffer. You are a manipulator and a dishonest man.”

Latest Ilford News Stories

7 minutes ago
Redbridge Town Hall

The leader of Redbridge Council’s opposition is urging the Labour administration not to go through with cuts to vulnerable residents’ council tax support.

Iain Duncan Smith has said the NHS

The NHS “crisis” is being caused because patients are going to A&E for ailments that would have been treated by a GP 20 years ago, Iain Duncan Smith has said.

Alison Sutherland (back row left in blue vest) with members of the audience at Valentines Mansion

A solicitor spent an evening with a Redbridge club which has supported her vital work in Sierra Leone.

The liquid cocaine, which was bright pink, had been concealed in oil cannisters.

A drug smuggler who attempted to bring £2million of cocaine into the UK by dyeing it pink has been jailed for 16 years.

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Competitions

Are you in need of a new kitchen? Try our competition and you could win a brand new one!

Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

MyOffers H&M Competition

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Ilford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now