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'Fake' doctor accused of conning thousands from students

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: March 20, 2014

  • 'BREACH OF TRUST': Jacqueline Crane, from St Austell, is accused of fraud.

A WOMAN from St Austell appeared in court yesterday accused of obtaining almost £8,000 from students by pretending to be a doctor of psychology.

Jacqueline Crane, 51, of Edgcumbe Road, allegedly ran training and counselling courses from her home between June 1, 2012 and November 5 last year while not qualified or registered to do so.

Bodmin magistrates decided the charge was too serious for them to deal with, and referred the case to Truro Crown Court where it will be heard on April 11.

Dressed in a grey suit, Crane spoke only to confirm her name and address, and entered no plea. She is accused of fraud by false representation under the Fraud Act 2006.

Asking magistrates to send the case before a Crown Court judge, Alison May, for the prosecution, told the court the prosecution's case was that there had been a "significant" breach of trust.

Reading out the full charge to Crane, the clerk of the court said: "Between June 1, 2012 and November 5, 2013 at St Austell in the county of Cornwall [you] committed fraud in that you dishonestly made a false representation, namely identified yourself as a doctor of clinical and counselling psychology, set up a counselling course which purported to have legitimate recognised qualifications, when in fact you were not qualified or registered to award such qualifications, intending to make a gain, namely financial payments estimated at approximately £7,700, for yourself contrary to sections 1 and 2 of the Fraud Act 2006."

Crane was released on unconditional bail until her hearing next month.

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