Tracy Cotter tells how she fell in love with one of Britain’s biggest love rat and fraudster … front page story in the SUNDAY PEOPLE newspaper…
Tracy couldn’t understand why neighbours stopped her in the street to ask how she was feeling…
it turned out her partner twisted Stephen Davey had told everyone she was dying from cancer – so elderly neighbours would give HIM money.
Davey is believed to be one of Britain’s biggest love rat fraudsters, leaving a string of upset and vulnerable women…
When single mum Tracy met Stephen Davey online, she was immediately smitten by his kind manner.
Stephen was marvellous with her young son and even when Tracy discovered he’d been labelled a serial fraudster and cheat by several women years ago- and had a spell in prison to pay his past dues – she believed him when he said he’d turned over a new leaf.
Stephen moved in with Tracy and over the next four years all seemed well.
But when she went out one day she was puzzled when she was stopped and asked how she was feeling.
Unbeknown to her Stephen told neighbours he was dying from cancer and he needed money to help care for her. Kind people gave him £12,000.
Tracy only discovered she was part of this elaborate fraud after Stephen disappeared. One day he said he was nipping to the shops … and he never came back.
A few days later Tracy got a knock at the front door. It was some of the neighbours who were after Stephen for money he owed them – and they were astounded when she answered the door looking perfectly healthy. Then one of them played a message on his phone left for Tracy – it said how Tracy was dying and he needed money to decorate her bedroom to cheer her up.
Stephen was arrested and charged. It turned out he’d borrowed money from a series of people – telling all of them she had cancer to avoid paying back the loans.
Even then Stephen still stuck to his story that she was dying – she had to produce her GP’s evidence to the court that she had never had cancer and was fit and well.
Stephen was found guilty of fraud and sent to prison for 40 weeks.
Incredibly during the court hearing it was revealed after meeting Tracy he went on to defraud another woman of £30,000. Police called him a ‘career fraudster’ – he has at least 40 convictions.
Tracy was devastated at the betrayal – she thought Stephen was her Mr Right – and she says she can never trust anyone ever again.
I placed Tracy’s story in The Sunday People newspaper. You can read the whole extraordinary story here.
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