'Dead' con woman Juliet Clarke tricked boyfriends

A woman who claimed to have terminal cancer - and later pretended to be dead - to con money from her boyfriends, has been given a suspended jail sentence.

Juliet Clarke also tried to dupe one man after he ended their relationship, by claiming she had given birth to his premature twins.

The 31-year-old, of Lawhitton near Launceston, Cornwall, admitted three counts of fraud.

Judge Paul Darlow jailed Clarke for 10 months, suspended for two years.

She was also ordered to pay £2,000 compensation to the men she defrauded.

Family inheritance

Prosecutor Jenny Cater earlier told the hearing at Plymouth Crown Court that Clarke dated her first victim for six months in 2011.

She convinced him she was dying and borrowed money from him while waiting for a fictional £250,000 inheritance from her grandmother.

After they split up, he noticed that she had taken nearly £2,000 from his bank account, but when he tried to contact her, Clarke she sent him a string of messages pretending to be her father and claiming she had died.

The second victim was a soldier Clarke met via the internet while he was serving in Afghanistan.

She told him she was suffering from ovarian and cervical cancer and asked if she could borrow money for the funeral of a non-existent uncle, claiming various members of her family had died and she was due to inherit £34,000.

Birth announcement

The court heard when he finished their relationship, Clarke tried to get money from him by saying she was pregnant with twins.

She claimed a photograph from a 2007 New York Times pregnancy guide showed her swollen stomach and when he started to become suspicious, she said she had given birth to premature twins.

Clarke sent emails announcing the birth of twins with a photo of two premature babies and said she had named the boys Daniel Lee and Ethan Mark.

But the court heard no births were registered, Clarke had never been pregnant - and had been sterilised some years before.

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