Fraudster returns to prison

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A MAN who was jailed after posing as a doctor to get free hotel accommodation in Scarborough is starting another sentence in prison after falsely collecting for charity.

Matthew Brown was sent to prison for 32 weeks by Scarborough Magistrates in November last year after admitting two counts of fraud.

The 35-year-old is now starting a 16 month sentence, once again for fraud, after embarking on an a round Britain walk, claiming he was raising money for Help for Heroes.

He was arrested in Cornwall as he made his way around the country, accepting donations and free accommodation after telling people he was raising money. Brown claimed to have raised £500,000 for the well known charity.

But Help for Heroes said that while he registered with the charity last year he had failed to donate any money.

He told reporters he had served in Northern Ireland, Iraq and Bosnia and claimed to have flown both Lynx and Apache helicopters.

But the Ministry of Defence said his serviced just 38 days with the Territorial Army.

After his arrest in November Brown was due to answer bail in May. But he twice failed to appear and was finally located in Scotland and issued with a summons.

Brown, of Telford Road, Inverness, admitted one charge of fraud at Truro Crown Court.