Elizabeth Power Defends Bogus Vicar

Mon, 25 Mar 2013

George Gordon, 52, posed as a vicar and conned money out of charities claiming it was for support groups, outreach work and social workers. 
Gordon obtained an “ordination” certificate from the Internet, and collected around £90,000 from the Merseyside Disability Foundation by applying for grants of £5,000. 
Gordon used fake names, signatures, community groups and organisations to obtain the grants from the MDF, and also became a member of the panel that allocated funding, including those which determined his fraudulent applications.
Previously jailed for similar offences, Gordon admitted 20 counts including fraud and obtaining money transfers by deception between 2005 and 2007. 
Judge Stephen Everett said: “You clothed yourself with an air of respectability and trustworthiness.
In doing so you used that false cloth, that veneer of respectability, to dupe a number of honest, decent and vulnerable persons to achieve your dishonest aims".
The Judge sentenced Gordon to five years for each count, to be served concurrently.
Please click here to read the full story as reported by the Liverpool Echo.
Please click here to view the profile of Elizabeth Power.

Related articles

Personal Injury analysis: This analysis considers Master Cook’s judgment in RXK in which he sets out the circumstances in which the court will order an interim payment despite final quantification still being some years hence. It explains why this will be welcome news for claimant solicitors, even though no substantive decision was given in the case....

Date: Wed, 04 Dec 2019
No5 Barristers’ Chambers joined forces with Moore Blatch Solicitors to host an “inspiring evening” to mark the centenary of women in law....

Date: Thu, 28 Nov 2019
In her article published today in the New Law Journal, “Duty of care: Inadequate safety nets?"...

Date: Fri, 19 Jul 2019