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By Beth Sharp Thursday 19 June 2014 Updated: 20/06 10:48
A BOGUS 'air ambulance' charity bag collector from Rednal has been fined £1,500 and ordered to pay £120 victim surcharge after pleading guilty to charges at Norwich Magistrates Court.
Evaldas Guoga admitted three offences of misleading people with his charity clothing collection bags in Norfolk, Nottinghamshire and Warwickshire.
The court heard Guoga had set up a limited company called E&N Textiles in December 2010 and a website called www.airambulanceservice.org.uk which had no connection to any legitimate air ambulance organisation.
Guoga was arrested by Warwickshire Police who had been working with Warwickshire County Council Trading Standards Officers at the start of this year.
He was convicted for flooding Warwickshire with collection bags, printed with the words 'Air Ambulance', 'Urgent' and 'Clothing Collection' which duped residents to think their donations would benefit the Air Ambulance Charity when in reality it was scam.
Passing sentence, the Chairman of the Magistrates said Guoga's actions were a mean sort of fraudulent offence and told him he was going to have to improve his trading morality.
Coun Les Caborn, responsible for community safety at Warwickshire County Council, said: "This particular scam did untold damage to the ability of genuine charities to raise money.
"I am delighted, not only that the perpetrator of this crime was stopped and thousands of his bogus bags seized, but that he was subsequently successfully prosecuted."
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