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  1. #1
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    Jan. 28, 2000
    Columbia, Maryland

    Default Mom Fakes Kids Having Cancer to Get Money for Lessons

    And she was a former police officer!

    A former police officer has admitted tricking colleagues out of hundreds of pounds, by pretending that her daughter had cancer — and using the money to pay for her ponies.

    Rachel Hewitt, 39, of Ash Grove, South Elmsall, West Yorkshire, pleaded guilty at Hull Crown Court yesterday (14 May) to a charge of misconduct in public office and a separate charge of fraud.

    Her daughters Jessica, 12, and Natasha, 15, are successful 128cm and 138cm showjumpers. Jessica has competed at Horse of the Year Show (HOYS).

    The court heard that Hewitt convinced staff at both the North and West Yorkshire forces that 15-year-old Natasha was suffering from leukemia and had had tumours removed.

    Hewitt also claimed that Natasha needed chemotherapy — which necessitated time off work. She was duly given a sabbatical.

    Officers raised hundreds of pounds in two separate appeals. The court was told that Hewitt spent the money on lessons for her daughters.

    Hewitt’s barrister, Heidi Cotton, said her client was “of previous good character”.

    She will be sentenced on 6 June.
    "No matter how well you perform there's always somebody of intelligent opinion who thinks it's lousy." - Laurence Olivier

  2. #2
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    Jan. 5, 2010


    "But your Honour, her horse's barn name is "Kemo", short for "Kemosabe", and we have called it her "Kemo-Therapy" since we've owned that horse"
    Nudging "Almost Heaven" a little closer still...

  3. #3
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    Feb. 14, 2012
    Fern Creek, KY


    Hey, 6 June is my birthday!

    That's awful though, I hope her kids don't get treated badly at shows...but I'm sure that it'll happen.


  4. #4
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    Dec. 8, 2003


    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Matson View Post
    Hewitt’s barrister, Heidi Cotton, said her client was “of previous good character”
    The operative word being "previous."

  5. #5
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    Apr. 17, 2012


    Live long enough, see everything . . .

  6. #6
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    May. 23, 2006


    People like this are why, when someone really does need time off work to deal with a serious illness, their companies make them go through the hassle of filling out forms and getting doctors' signatures. Even though you think "surely no one would lie about that".

    There are no words. I feel sorry for the daughters.
    ...somewhere between the talent and the potato....

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