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Newtownabbey man accused of 'one-day charity scam' for deaf children


22-year old in court charged with one-day charity scam

22-year old in court charged with one-day charity scam

22-year old in court charged with one-day charity scam

A man charged with dozens of fraud offences claimed to be collecting money for deaf children, a court heard on Monday.

Ryan Best, of Fernagh Court, has been accused of carrying out a one-day charity scam in the Glengormley area of County Antrim.

The 22-year old appeared before Belfast Magistrates' Court to face a total of 28 charges.

The charges include seven counts of fraud by false representation and a further 18 attempted frauds. Best is also accused of theft, and possessing a letter from the National Deaf Children's Society for use in a fraud.

The alleged offences were all carried out out on June 14 this year, a number involving businesses in Glengormley.

According to the charges he dishonestly claimed to be collecting charity money on behalf of deaf children.

The Newtownabbey man spoke only in court, to confirm he understood the allegations against him.

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No efforts were made to challenge a police officer who stated she could connect Best to the case.  No bail application was made following the disclosure that the 22-year old is currently a sentenced prisoner.

Best will remain in custody and will appear again via video-link in eight weeks, District Judge Fiona Bagnall said: "This is going to take a bit of time to pull together."

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