Fraud accused claimed he had brain tumour
AN Amman Valley man is accused of fraud by falsely saying he had an incurable brain tumour.
It is alleged Gareth Wyn Francis, aged 30, defrauded or tried to defraud five named individuals and an unknown number of others in the Ammanford area.
Francis, of Glanamman, appeared before Llanelli Magistrates’ Court today.
He faces six charges in total.
The prosecution claim he made false representations between June 2011 and August 2012 to pocket £28,000 for himself.
One of the ways in which he is alleged to have done this was by organising a collection box to which the public could donate.
The five named individuals he is accused of defrauding are Pastor John Ifion Watkins, Melanie Coombs, Janet Rainey, Margaret Jenkins and Michael Morgan.
He is also charged with defrauding or attempting to defraud an unknown number of members of the public.
During yesterday’s short hearing in Llanelli no pleas were entered.
Magistrates said the case was too serious for them to deal with.
They declined jurisdiction in the case and sent it to Swansea Crown Court.
Mr Francis was granted unconditional bail until he appears there on September 6.