Search

Fraud who posed as charity collector at Islington’s stations is jailed

20:02 05 February 2013

Raoy Bardy

Raoy Bardy

Archant

A manipulative fraudster who pocketed commuter’s charity donations was jailed for 13 months on Monday.

Roy Bardy, 48, set up a network of volunteers and pocketed money meant for good causes at Finsbury Park, Old Street and Angel Tube Stations – as well as other transport hubs around the country.

British Transport Police (BTP) got wind of the scam when commuters complained of suspicious behaviour from Bardy and his collectors.

An investigation was launched, and officers raided his rented office in Dagenham where they uncovered the scope of his fraudulent activities.

Bardy had approached various charities, including the Communion of True Vineyard Foundation – a Christian group promoting education, health and helping financial hardships – to offer his services as a collector.

Once he had gained their trust he approached Transport for London (TfL) to get authority for his collectors.

His duped volunteers, complete with official ID, and would then collect cash in good faith – but, instead of handing it over to the charities, Bardy admitted keeping some for himself.

At his home, police found fancy dress costumes and evidence of 81 collections .

Judge Henry Blacksell, sentencing at Blackfriars Crown Court, 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.”

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

“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.”

Alistair McLean, chief executive of the Fundraising Standards Board who regulates UK fundraising, added: “Although any instances of charity fraud are incredibly rare, they are deeply concerning.

“Such acts not only deceive supporters and divert much-needed funds from good causes, but carry an even greater cost of damaging public trust and future charitable giving.”

“This has come at a time when genuine charities need the public’s donations now more than ever.”

Bardy, of Henshawe Road, Dagenham, pleaded guilty to two counts of fraud by false representation.

Latest Islington News Stories

Yesterday, 09:00
Peter and Alan Arthy at the Mears Group HQ in Caledonian Road

“I was 14 and the career officer came round. He said to me ‘right you’ve got three options; making women’s handbags, a dustman or a painter and decorator’.”

Friday, August 26, 2016
Fabric nightclub in Charterhouse Street. Picture: Polly Hancock

Two 18-year-old boys who died after taking ecstasy at Fabric had bought the class A drug from strangers inside the Farringdon club, where substance abuse is rife and security lax, an explosive report today alleges.

Friday, August 26, 2016
Emergency services and displaced commuters outside Caledonian Road and Barnsbury station (Picture: Sam Gelder)

A commuter has described his horror at seeing a boy attacked on a bus in Caledonian Road, in an incident believed to be linked to a stabbing on a nearby Overground platform.

Friday, August 26, 2016
John Ball, pictured on January 31, on the balcony of the second floor flat in which he died

Firefighters called to a housing block three times could not have saved the alcoholic found dead in his soot-covered flat the next day, a coroner has ruled.

Thursday, August 25, 2016
Emergency services and displaced commuters outside Caledonian Road and Barnsbury station (Picture: Sam Gelder)

Two boys are believed to have been stabbed in a group fight at Caledonian Road and Barnsbury station this afternoon, leaving one seriously injured while another fled onto a passing bus.

Thursday, August 25, 2016
Angela Sinclair 92 years old @  Save Whittington Hospital March

A stalwart campaigner for social justice who continued going on protest marches into her 90s has died.

Thursday, August 25, 2016
Masjid Al-risaalah mosque and Islington Islamic Centre. (Picture: Google Maps).

A man in his late 40s was stabbed outside a Holloway mosque in broad daylight on Tuesday afternoon.

Thursday, August 25, 2016
GCSE results are out tomorrow

Teenagers across the country face one of the most nerve-racking days of their young lives today with the publication of GCSE results.

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read news

Competitions

You could win £15,000 to spend on either their mortgage or a deposit towards the home of their dreams

Wouldn’t it be lovely to have a period of time when you simply don’t have to worry about finding the money each month to pay your mortgage? When you don’t have to put money aside from your monthly income, or worry about having to afford other essential outgoings?

Which book character do you share cleaning habits with?

Whether you have more in common with put-upon Cinderella, emotionally turbulent Jane Eyre, or easily distracted Mole, you’re sure to appreciate that one lucky winner will receive four sessions of free cleaning. Enter our quiz for your chance to win. All runners up will get £10 off their first clean when making a repeat booking.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Islington Gazette
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now