A fraudster from Brighton who spins sob stories to con kind-hearted strangers has been brought back before magistrates after being picked up police.
Andrea Thorne, 31, formerly of Percival terrace, Brighton, faces four fraud charges when she returns to court.
Sussex Police said this afternoon (Tuesday 24 October): “A woman who was sought by police on suspicion of fraudulently asking people in the street for money, claiming her car has broken down, has been arrested and charged.
“Andrea Thorne, 31, of no fixed address, appeared in custody at Crawley Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday (24 October), charged with four offences of fraud by false representation and two breaches of a criminal behaviour order imposed by Brighton magistrates on (Friday) 23 June this year.
“She pleaded not guilty and was bailed to appear at Brighton Magistrates’ Court on (Wednesday) 20 December.
“Three of the four fraud offences are alleged to have happened in Brighton and one is alleged to have happened in Worthing, all between March and July this year.
“She was arrested in Worthing on Monday (23 October).
“Sussex Police had issued an appeal for her whereabouts on (Tuesday) 5 September this year.”
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