Previously prosecuted for fraud Francesca Barker-Mills, a British resident was able to deceive her friends and partners by pretending to be a woman on the path of correction. The scammer asked to support her bakery, which heated bread on a radiator, as a social enterprise.
Barker-Mills argued that her bakery, The Barker Baker in the English town of Littleborough, in Greater Manchester County, demonstrates how former criminals can make a serious contribution to society. A woman advertised in newspapers and enthusiastically told everyone that baking had changed her life.
The bakery warmed the bread they bought on the radiator, passing it off as freshly baked bread. Meanwhile, the fraudster was looking for investors. She explained to them that she was part of a government-run “coherent financing scheme. Barker-Mills claimed that those who agreed to support her and transfer funds would receive double their contributions. To dispel any doubts, the resourceful Brit sent photos of her allegedly sizable bank account statements.
She also said that she had signed numerous contracts, including with Ben & Jerry’s, the makers of sweets. And the BBC, according to her legend, was going to make a movie about her transformation into a decent citizen. After receiving funds, Barker-Mills began cutting off contact with her “partners.” They, in turn, turned to the police.
Between 2015 and 2017, the fake baker managed to defraud four people. In total, the damage she caused exceeded 60,000 pounds (about 5.8 million rubles). On December 10, the court sentenced her to two years and three months in prison.