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Woman pleads guilty to defrauding two charities

A 'fundraiser' who failed to hand money over to two local cancer charities will be sentenced next month for fraud.

One of the charities involved - Angel Wishes - raises money to support children throughout Northern Ireland who are battling cancer.

Fiona Quigley appeared at Belfast Crown Court via a videolink with her solicitor's office.

The 32-year old was charged with two counts of fraud by abuse of position.

She admitted that whilst acting as a charity fundraiser for Angel Wishes, she received money for the benefit of the charity and that she failed to 'give any or all of the monies to the charity', on dates between October 1, 2017 and November 27, 2018.

From Old Mill Grange in Portstewart, Quigley also entered a guilty plea to a similar offence.

She admitted that whilst acting as a charity fundraiser for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Northern Ireland between December 1, 2016 and October 9, 2018, she failed to hand money over to the charity.

After Quigley enters her pleas, her barrister Barry Gibson told Judge Stephen Fowler QC that the amount involved with Angel Wings was £6,400, with an amount of £4,500 for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Northern Ireland.

The defence barrister revealed there was "a background to this case" and said he had ordered a psychiatric report to be compiled on Quigley ahead of sentencing.

Judge Fowler said he would hear the plea on June 17, and agreed that Quigley should be subject to continuing bail.

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