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Bogus charity collectors appear in court

Bogus charity collectors appear in court

A teenage boy who was caught carrying out a bogus collection for the Irish Wheelchair Association on Dublin’s Dawson Street has been released on probation for nine months.

The 15-year-old boy and a girl aged 15 had pleaded guilty at the Dublin Children’s Court to charges under the Theft and Fraud Offences Act for dishonestly by deception inducing the public to give money for a bogus event for their own gain, on September 13 last.

Garda Wayne Donnelly of Pearse Street station had said that while conducting a plain clothes patrol in the Dawson Street area, the pair, and another youth, were seen entering a shop with a brochure. He said they “passed themselves off as collectors for the Irish Wheelchair Association” but added that they did not succeed in obtaining money from the people they approached.

He also gave evidence of another fake charity collection involving the girl three days previously. She was arrested when gardaí saw a €5 note being handed to her. After her arrest she was searched and a further €30 was recovered.

The girl, who was accompanied to court by her mother, had one previous conviction for theft, has been living in for seven years and has been receiving home tuition the court has been told.

The boy, who was also accompanied to court by his mother has been living in Ireland for nine years, had no previous convictions and is in full-time education.

Paul Artherton has a BA (Hons) Degree from Queen’s University and a MA Degree in Journalism from Pennsylvania State University. He has worked in PR and fundraising for over 27 years. Previously assistant director for fundraising and public relations at the Simon Community Northern Ireland for seven years, for the last 17 years he has run his own fundraising consultancy business specialising in fundraising, sponsorship, public relations and recruitment. His clients have included charities, private sector and public bodies. Examples include the Ulster Cancer Foundation, Simon Communities of Ireland, NI Hospice, North and West Belfast Health and Social Services Trust, Aiken Promotions, the Industrial Development Board and the Ulster Museum. He has lectured on voluntary sector management at Queens University Belfast Institute for Continuing Education. Since 2010 Paul has been a lay member of the NI Charity Tribunal.

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