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Female "Walter Mitty" who claimed she was pregnant, had cancer and was dead to con cash out of boyfriends avoids jail

By Plymouth Herald  |  Posted: January 09, 2014

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A FEMALE ‘Walter Mitty’ claimed she was pregnant, had cancer, and even that she was dead to con boyfriends out of thousands of pounds, a court heard.

Devious conwoman Juliet Clarke escaped an immediate jail sentence for telling a string of bizarre lies to play on the sympathies of partners and their families.

The 31-year-old sent an ex-boyfriend a text purporting to be from her father asking for his bank details because she had supposedly died and left him money in her will.

Clarke had previously told him she had cancer, Plymouth Crown Court heard.

Clarke also encouraged a new boyfriend to lend her money by claiming members of her family had died and bequeathed her large sums.

She also told the second man and his family she was pregnant by him and even sent someone else’s ultrasound picture showing twins.

The boyfriend’s mother was so convinced she was to become a grandmother that she bought baby clothes.

The second boyfriend was also told she had cancer, the court heard.

Julia Cox, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said that in total she defrauded the two men out of about £7,000 between October and December 2011.

Both were driven into debt and forced to pay overdraft fees or take out high interest loans.

Miss Cox said the defendant spent their money on luxuries including hair extensions costing £230 and a holiday.

The court heard the second victim, a solider who had served in Afghanistan, took it upon himself to investigate mysterious payments on his account. He even visited the hairdressers where she had the hair extensions.

Miss Cox said Clarke had even claimed she had

Clarke, now of Crediton near Exeter, but previously of Lawhitton, near Launceston, had earlier admitted three offences of fraud by false representation.

She asked for four similar offences to be taken into consideration.

Paul Rowsell, for Clarke, said she was like a “female Walter Mitty character” but unlike the film she lived out her fantasies at the expense of others.

He added she regretted her offences.

Mr Rowsell said she had married since the offences but was already separated from her new husband.

Judge Paul Darlow said that her psychiatric reports showed she wanted to be the “centre of attention”.

He added: “You are well-versed in playing on the sympathies of others with false illnesses and false conditions.

“Your conduct was deliberately fraudulent, mean-spirited, targeted and devious.”

But Judge Darlow said she had pleaded guilty at an early stage and had no previous convictions.

He handed her a 10 month prison sentence, suspended for two years.

Unemployed Clarke will remain under probation supervision for that time and must complete and education and training course.

Judge Darlow said she could not afford to pay back the full amount of compensation.

He ordered her to pay the first boyfriend £500 and the second one £1,500.

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  • Tony248  |  January 09 2014, 11:58AM

    @ Athecockinn: "Again, a 'woman' walks free where a man would've been jailed. Equal opportunities my bumhole." A man would have had difficulty pretending he was pregnant; and women would generally have more sense than to part with money! thecockinn

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  • fazer58  |  January 09 2014, 10:14AM

    "............must complete *and* education and training course." Looks like she's not the only one who might benefit from one of those. ;-)

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  • Explymouthguy  |  January 09 2014, 8:54AM

    hahaha,-touched a nerve?-look at the way you wrote it and put three xxx,,,,your defending a criminal who got away with a slap on the wrist,-for a devious crime,-pretending to have cancer is pure evil,-especially to those who are fighting cancer for real,-a previous comment said that she has been doing this for ages (lkr84),,i'm guessing this person might know them personally,-have a look at your ratings-do they look like your comment was worth writing? Read more: http://tinyurl.com/ourp8q8 Does my comment look like it was worth writing? Are you not the one who has commented on my comment? If it wasn't worth writing then surely its not worth giving your opinion on it??

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  • rt1379  |  January 08 2014, 9:38PM

    hair extensions costing £230 ??? ... take more than hair extensions to improve that !

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  • pauliebob  |  January 08 2014, 6:34PM

    could have been worse harritr,-could have been judge graham cottle,,,,,

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  • HARRITR  |  January 08 2014, 6:15PM

    So Mr Darlow, are you suggesting if we all commit crime and visit your court we can avoid the increases in tuition fees, council tax, rents, mortgages, low incomes etc?? Call me ignorant but I don't really think your idea works and sorry Paul Darlow but you simply show yourself up to be the soft touch we all think you are, when will Plymouth find a judge who's up to the job and who can finally start getting these sad excuses of existence behind bars...

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  • MuppetAlert  |  January 08 2014, 5:17PM

    Just what does a low-life criminal need to do in Plymouth to get locked up these days???

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  • thecockinn  |  January 08 2014, 4:03PM

    Again, a 'woman' walks free where a man would've been jailed. Equal opportunities my bumhole.

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  • pauliebob  |  January 08 2014, 3:09PM

    hahaha,-touched a nerve?-look at the way you wrote it and put three xxx,,,,your defending a criminal who got away with a slap on the wrist,-for a devious crime,-pretending to have cancer is pure evil,-especially to those who are fighting cancer for real,-a previous comment said that she has been doing this for ages (lkr84),,i'm guessing this person might know them personally,-have a look at your ratings-do they look like your comment was worth writing?,

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  • Explymouthguy  |  January 08 2014, 2:43PM

    pauliebob | January 08 2014, 2:20PM why welshie? -i think she's a stunner!!!-well,-clearly explymouth guy thinks so!-looks like he's hoping to be her next victim,,,,, Read more: http://tinyurl.com/ourp8q8 Please let me know where i stated she's a stunner??

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