A woman who admitted to fraud after lying about having cancer and collecting hundreds of thousands of pounds from her husband and parents-in-law has been jailed.
Jasmin Mistry, 36 (26.01.82) of Mallard Road, Loughborough, Leicestershire was sentenced to four years' imprisonment at Snaresbrook Crown Court on Friday, 14 December for fraud by false representation. She had pleaded guilty to the charge at the same court on 24 October.
Mistry received just over £250,000 from her ex-husband, his family and members of the public over a two-year period between 2015-2017, after telling them she had cancer and needed the money for life-saving treatments.
Mistry first told her husband that she had cancer in 2013. This claim was supported by a Whatsapp message sent by what he thought was her doctor. Investigations revealed that this message was sent by Mistry, using a different SIM card.
At the end of December 2014, she told her partner that she had brain cancer and had six months to live, with further messages from another fictitious doctor suggesting that it could be treated in America – at a cost of around £500,000.
Her former husband then contacted family and friends to ask for donations.
Mistry also defrauded a man she met through a dating website out of nearly £7,500, and two members of the public to whom she lied about being a trader who could invest their money, and who gave around £10,000.
Mistry’s ex-husband became suspicious when a friend of his saw a picture of a brain scan Jasmin had said was taken at one of her consultations. He found the image on Google, and said that the tumour was so severe that it would be fatal for the person with it. He discovered Sim cards Mistry used to send messages pretending to be other people, and when confronting her she admitted that she had lied.
Police were contacted in November 2017, and Mistry was arrested. When interviewed, Mistry confirmed to officers that she was not terminally ill, and that she did not know why she had lied.
Officers from the East Area Crime Command launched an investigation, led by DC Jon Bounds and DC Dal Riyat. They spoke to witnesses, and medical records were obtained which confirmed that Mistry had never been diagnosed with cancer or been advised to seek treatment.
Her finances were reviewed, and it was found that 20 members of her extended family and eight others were found to have given her money. The total fraud amount was calculated as £253,122.
She was charged with one count of fraud by false representation on 20 August.
DC Jon Bounds from East Area CID, said: "I am glad for the victims of this deceit that they have seen justice. Jasmine Mistry went to extreme lengths to manipulate those closest to her emotionally and financially to defraud her now-former husband and his family out of a large sum of money.
"This is a bizarre, shocking case. Our investigation revealed the scale of the fraud and the severity of the offending which has resulted in a substantial custodial sentence."