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Woman tries to con judge during fraud trial

By Mason White 9:18 AM April 15, 2015
Tina Patel 

By: Wayne Morin
A woman was handed a longer jail sentence after she attempted to scam a judge during a trial.

The habitual con woman of England, has been given a longer prison sentence after trying to scam the judge.

She was convicted of fraud.

39-year-old Tina Patel prepared false bills for court, claiming that she had resolved some of her debts after admitting five counts of fraud at the Wolverhampton Crown Court, in an attempt to get a lighter sentence.

Patel, who set up a beauty salon in Walsall, was initially arrested after she forged documents for beauty supply wholesalers by sending them emails that she pretended were from bank officials confirming transfers of payments.

She repeatedly wrote checks from closed bank accounts to cover the monthly payments for the rent, accumulating a debt of 7,500 pounds (about $11,000) before being evicted.

Before sentencing, Patel asked the judge for leniency, and she produced a receipt, showing that most of her outstanding rent bill had been settled.

The judge ordered police to verify it with the property owner. However, the owner denied knowledge of a payment or signing a receipt.

Investigators turned to a handwriting expert to compare the letter with the landlord’s handwriting and found that it did not match.

Patel eventually admitted to writing the receipt herself. She pleaded guilty to perjury.

She was sentenced to 3 and a half years in prison on the initial charges and an additional 10 months in prison for the perjury charge.