Glanaman 'brain tumour' man admits further cases of fraud
4:48pm Friday 18th October 2013 in Ammanford news
A GLANAMAN man who conned friends and neighbours by pretending to have a brain tumour has today admitted three further offences.
Gareth Wyn Francis, of 2 Maes Grenig, was due to be sentenced today at Swansea crown court.
But the judge, Mr Recorder Powell, was told that a psychiatric report ordered at a previous hearing had not been obtained.
Mr Recorder Powell told Paul Hobson, the barrister representing Francis, that he wanted a written explanation as to why a court order had not been acted upon.
Brian Simpson, prosecuting, then laid three further charges against Francis.
He admitted two offences of fraud against Janet Rainey and Mary Jenkins, between June 5, 2011, and August 31, 2012, by obtaining money by falsely representing that he needed private medical treatment for a brain tumour.
Francis also admitted a charge of defrauding unknown members of the public.
Francis had already admitted fraud against Michael Morgan, of the Nemo Group, Pastor John Watkins of Ammanford ABC and Melanie Coombs, of All Star Charity Fundraisers.
Mr Simpson said Francis had defrauded local people out of a total of £15, 425, and efforts were underway to determine if Francis could be made to repay it.
Mr Recorder Powell adjourned the sentencing hearing until November 29.
Francis was bailed, meanwhile, to 115 Clos Cilsaig in Dafen, near Llanelli.