Storm Desmond flood grant fraudster Marc Morley jailed

A man who pretended he was a Storm Desmond flood victim and illegally claimed £2,750 from a recovery fund has been sent to prison.

Marc Morley, 28, was living in an upstairs flat in Kendal when the flat below was flooded last December.

He was given money for ruined clothing, but then claimed he had been living in a ground floor flat and made fraudulent claims, Carlisle Crown Court heard.

He admitted three counts of fraud and was jailed for 10 months.

The hearing heard his flat was undamaged by water.

Morley successfully applied to the Cumbria Flood Recovery Fund for £2,750 for lost belongings.

But another bogus claim for a further £1,300, was rejected when his crime was uncovered by charity fund representatives, the court heard.

Judge Hughes told Morley: "It was cunning and it was cynical - what you were doing was milking the system."

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