Belfast Telegraph

Accused in charity scam 'had £100 in bra'

By Alan Erwin

A woman accused of operating a charity scam to steal from elderly victims had £100 hidden in her bra, the High Court has heard.

Prosecutors said police found the cash on Dinarca Almas after she was stopped on a Co Down high street.

The 21-year-old Romanian national allegedly plundered pensioners' purses in Donaghadee and Bangor while claiming she was collecting for the deaf.

She is accused of targeting one 65-year-old woman at a charity shop in Donaghadee on July 8.

Almas, with an address at Harford Street in Portadown, faces charges of thefts totalling £270, fraud by false representation, making and possessing articles connected with fraud, unlawful charitable collection, and obstructing police.

Seeking bail for Almas to live at an address in the Republic, defence counsel argued that a teenage suspect had already been released.

But Lord Justice Gillen pointed out she was accused of "a persistent course of conduct, each time involving elderly people", and refused bail due to fears she may flee or reoffend.

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