Woman ‘faked cancer’

Preston Crown Court
Preston Crown Court
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A woman at the centre of fraud allegations at a Preston charity has been charged with perverting the course of justice – by falsely claiming she had cancer.

Fiona Barnes, who is already accused of making false representations about grants to the Space Centre charity, cash which officials allege never existed, is now facing an additional charge of providing documents to Preston Magistrates Court claiming she was ill.

She was supposed to appear by video link at the court on Wednesday accused of the new offence, but the case did not proceed.

Barnes, 52, of Bridgend, Dunblane, Perthshire, is currently facing 13 allegations regarding the Space Centre charity in Preston.

The offences span a period between December 31, 2011 and February 1, 2012. Eleven relate to false claims about grants, while one relates to a claim she allegedly made for a train journey, and another regards the theft of a computer, phone and two manuals from the charity in July 2012.

It is said the proceedings were adjourned because the court believed she was in hospital receiving palliative care.

She is due to appear for a hearing at Preston Crown Court on September 1.

For more than 20 years the Space Centre has been providing vital services severely disabled people across Lancashire and beyond. It first opened in 1993 and merged with a charitable organisation called Creative Support last year to secure its future.