A woman who pretended to have cancer in order to help defraud the charity she worked for out of more than £85,000 (€99,841) has been jailed by a judge who told her she had shown no shame.
Patricia Robertshaw, 42, pretended that she was having radiotherapy in order to earn three months’ sick pay from Yorkshire Cancer Research in Harrogate, where she worked as an events manager.
Whilst off work, the defendant used fake degree certificates to apply for jobs at other companies, having used the same
fraudulent documents to attain the role at the charity.
York Crown Court heard how Robertshaw, of Gisburn Road in Barrowford, Lancashire, had produced three “bogus” degree certificates.
They were for a masters in science from the University of Leeds and a doctorate in philosophy from the same university, as well as a masters in project management from Leeds Metropolitan University.
Prosecutors explained how the documents helped her to earn a £10,250 a year pay rise, which she earned for seven months, earning a total of £86,833 whilst working at the charity between September 2015 and November 2017.
It was explained how Robertshaw’s web of lies unravelled when other workers at the charity scanned the QR codes she had submitted on sick note forms and found they were invalid.
She pleaded guilty to four counts of fraud and one of forgery.