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Man self-diagnosed brain tumour and conned own family into believing he was dying

By SWEPRMosalski  |  Posted: December 20, 2013

By Ruth Mosalski / ruth.mosalski@swwmedia.co.uk / @ruthmosalski


Gareth Wyn Francis has avoided jail

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A MAN conned generous well-wishers out of thousands of pounds by pretending he had a brain tumour – which he had diagnosed himself on the internet.

Gareth Wyn Francis asked local people to fund £28,000 of treatment to help him survive a brain tumour.

His local church donated £1,000, as did a local company, and locals organised raffles and collections for him and he spent the £12,800 on decorating his house.

He said he would need that £28,000 on top of NHS care to help him survive.

He took to local newspapers to ask for help and his own brother climbed the three peaks of England, Scotland and Wales to raise money for his fictional fund.

Francis also began walking with a stick and trailing his leg behind him, claiming it was a side effect of his treatment, and shaved off his eyebrows and hair saying it was an effect of chemotherapy.

Francis was caught out after his worried family went to his GP saying they thought he was about to die but were told he was not receiving any treatment.

When they confronted Francis, he broke down and confessed.

Frank Phillips, for Francis, of Clos Cilsaig in Dafen, said his client had been suffering headaches but instead of going to his GP he went online and self-diagnosed.

“By the time he realised, the ball was rolling and he could not find a way of stopping it,” he told Swansea Crown Court.

He said his client’s relationship had broken down and he had been left with debts.

He said the local community now had “grave” feelings towards him.

Francis’s family had repaid the £2,000 but that cash donors could not be traced.

Judge Peter Heywood told him although he could jail him immediately, he wanted him to serve a sentence in the community.

He told Francis: “You even conned members of your own family. Your illness was a complete myth.

“Instead of going to your doctor you went on the internet and self-diagnosed yourself. It was utter nonsense that you had a brain tumour.”

Francis’s 16 month jail term was suspended for two years, he was also told to complete 250 hours of unpaid work.

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  • PamelaWDavis  |  December 22 2013, 7:48PM

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  • scaniajess  |  December 22 2013, 3:16PM

    Thanks Eureka. Seeing as you also have "thumbs down" it's frightening to think just how many sick minded people there are out there. £12,800 decorating his house? It was a pit!!

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  • Eureka1963  |  December 22 2013, 1:31PM

    scaniajess...agree with you, the ramifications of this sort of crime go further than just the money that was duped out of the likes of yourself, but I am sure you will think twice about giving donations to genuine charities should they come knocking. He has got away with a despicable crime thanks to judge Haywood. What this person did was both cruel and calculated and it appears only you and I can see that. Perhaps this explains why he wasn't sent to jail?

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  • scaniajess  |  December 22 2013, 11:46AM

    Seriously laughing at the "thumbs down" I had for my comment. Obviously these raters think it's totally fine to con people out of their money, to put others lives at risk by seeing them hike mountains and are definitely just as dodgy as him!

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  • scaniajess  |  December 21 2013, 10:11PM

    I hope he at least decorated his house nice with part of MY money!!

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  • AmandaSClayto  |  December 21 2013, 6:39PM

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  • Eureka1963  |  December 20 2013, 7:15PM

    KristineGHubb...laptop or lap dancer...Have to agree with TipOff...very, very plausible. However, not only did he hoodwink the locals but also did the same with the judge! Free now to take advantage of his nicely decorated house. Thanks suckers...

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  • TipOff  |  December 20 2013, 5:59PM

    I can see why they would believe him though.

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