Teaching assistant to stand trial accused of faking cancer for cash

Ursula Rose will stand trial in Croydon next year

Ursula Rose will stand trial in Croydon next year

First published in Local news by , Chief Reporter

A teaching assistant accused of faking cancer to con her colleagues out of £20,000 will stand trial next year.

Ursula Rose pleaded not guilty to theft and fraud charges at an appearance at Croydon Crown Court this morning.

The 41-year-old is alleged to have used a doctor's certificate to trick sympathetic colleagues into donating money for lifesaving treatment.

The former classroom assistant at St Thomas Beckett Primary School, of Westgate Road, South Norwood, allegedly told co-workers she was suffering from an aggressive form of cancer and needed money to pay for care.

Mrs Rose is accused of conning Gill Trype out of £3,000 between March and May 2009.

She is also charged with cheating Allison Patmore out of £6,500 between May and July 2009.

She faces a third count of fraud for attending a fundraiser at Bar Txt, South End, in 2009, intending to gain £400, and is also charged with two counts of theft for £5,000 and £5,500.

Mrs Rose will stand trial at Croydon Crown Court on February 18, 2013

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