Adolescente, 18, who tried to pocket £6,500 from a FAKE fundraiser set up for victims of a car crash which killed four of his friends pleads guilty to fraud
A teenager has admitted setting up a fake fundraiser for the victims of a fatal smash which claimed the lives of four friends.
Matthew Parke, 19, Corey Owen, 19, Ryan Nelson, 20, and Jordan Rawlings, 20, were killed when the car they were travelling in collided with a house and burst into flames on the A4 in Derry Hill, near Calne, Wiltshire in August 2020.
The death of the close friends shocked the local community and donations flooded in for a proposed memorial for them.
Corey Owen (sinistra), one of the four young men who died after the car in which they were travelling crashed into a house next to the A4 near Derry Hill, Calne, Wiltshire and caught fire. Ryan Nelson’s (giusto) family described him as a ‘ray of sunshine’ and said he ‘lightened up everyone’s life’
Kyle Saunders, 18, created a GoFundMe account called ‘Jordan, Corey, opaco, Ryan Memorial’ and published the fundraiser on local Facebook pages, stating the money would go towards a shrine for the young victims.
A total of £6479.59 was donated to the fundraiser but no memorial ever emerged.
Nell'ottobre dell'anno scorso, Wiltshire Police officers travelled to Northamptonshire to arrest a 17-year-old boy on suspicion of fraud by false representation.
The families of the four men, who were all from Calne, said their deaths left massive voids in their lives. Nella foto, Jordan Rawlings was one of the victims of the crash
The teenager can now be named having turned 18 since his arrest, and appearing before Swindon Magistrates’ Tribunale.
Saunders, of Wellingborough, Northamptonshire pleaded guilty to the offence.
He was released on unconditional bail to attend the same court on 18 January for sentencing.
A pre-sentence report was ordered.
Scorched grass and boarded up windows were seen on the house the car crashed into next to the A4 near Derry Hill, Calne, Wiltshire
Jason Macdonald, 37, also from Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, has denied acquiring, using or possessing criminal property in connection with the case and is due to go on trial on January 7, 2022.
The kind-hearted locals who made contributions to the fake campaign are to be refunded for their donations.
Speaking earlier, a GoFundMe spokesperson said: ‘All donors will be refunded.
‘Misuse of GoFundMe is completely unacceptable and we will always work with police and authorities in the rare occasions it occurs.’
Saunders, of Wellingborough, Northamptonshire pleaded guilty to the offence. He was released on unconditional bail to attend Swindon Magistrates’ Tribunale (nella foto) once again on 18 January for sentencing
The vehicle the four men were in crashed as left the road and hit a house – bursting into flames.
An inquest held into the deaths heard the car could have been going at 120mph before the crash and the driver, Jordan Rawlings, was over the legal alcohol limit.
The VW Polo that was being driven had its door ripped off as the car tore through the hedge of the house.
The inquest at Wiltshire Coroner’s Court in July this year heard the desperate attempts by passers-by to try and save the young men.
A lorry driver, taxi driver and his passengers all described hearing screaming and shouting from the burning car, but because of the extreme heat, they were forced back.