Fraudster who fleeced £37k from dead brother’s charity ordered to pay back £1

Convicted fraudster Kayleigh Pepper, who fleeced her dead brother's charity of £37,000, has been ordered to pay back a nominal amount of just £1.

Previously claiming to have just £300 to her name, Pepper is now saying she has no money at all that could be seized as compensation against her charity swindle.

The 37-year-old, who was jailed for 20 months at Hull Crown Court in March, told a Proceeds of Crime confiscation hearing that she has no money or assets.

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The court had been told the adjusted agreed benefit figure of the scam was £37k, but having no means to pay that, Pepper was ordered to pay just £1 instead.

Pepper, now known as Kayleigh Towler, said that she deserved "a chance to move forward" and "never, ever in a million years" thought she would be in this position.

Her position, a 20 month prison term, came after she targeted the Rich Foundation, which she had helped set up following the death of her brother in a tragic knife incident.

Pepper's brother, Richard, 25, had been stabbed to death in a shocking street attack that saw Daniel Flatley deliver a fatal blow to Richard's heart, for which he was jailed for 11 years for manslaughter.

The 37-year-old has spearheaded the No More Knives campaign in the area following the tragic death.

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According to prosecutor Ashleigh Metcalfe, the estimated figure of money fraudulently taken by Pepper was £47,748, an amount that Pepper "absolutely" disputes.

At the time of her trial, Pepper had rocked up to court, where she pleaded guilty on the basis that she only took £20,000, with a wad of £2,000 in cash in the hope of paying back part of the ruling.

It turned out that £1,700 of the £2,000 had belonged to another person, and her attempt to pay at the time was rejected by the prosecution.

Pepper said at the time: "I never, ever imagined in a million years that I would get in this position and I can only apologise sincerely for the hurt I have caused. I deserve the chance to move forward with my children. I just felt I needed to say that."

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