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Teen girl involved in charity collection scam

Teen girl involved in charity collection scam

A THEN 14-year-old Dublin girl caught carrying out a fake charity collection has been spared a criminal conviction.

The girl, now aged 16, pleaded guilty to using a false sponsorship card at Nugent Road, Rathfarnham, Dublin on Oct. 3, 2015.

The Dublin Children’s Court heard she had been carrying out a fake collection and pretended to raise money for the Society of St Vincent De Paul charity.

She had collected €55 by the time she was caught and had been ordered earlier by the court to give the same amount to charity.

Judge O’Connor noted yesterday/today (WED) that she had done that and he told her the offence was “pretty low”.

“What you are actually doing is theft, you are taking from the charity, it is a lot more serious than you imagine,” he said. The girl replied that she would not do it again.

Judge O’Connor applied the Probation Offenders Act sparing her a criminal conviction as well as a possible sentence. “I will let you off on this occasion but if it happens again you are going to have a record. You might not appreciate how serious it is but it is basically robbery from a charity,” the judge said.

The girl, was accompanied to court by her father, who did not address the court.