“Despicable” Beckton sham charity made profit from donations
A judge described a sham charity collection business as “despicable” for using their greed to take advantage of the public’s generosity.
Thedropsofhelp Ltd, registered at Chichester Close, Beckton, was ordered into liquidation in the High Court for falsely claiming to be a not-for-profit organisation collecting clothes and other items for the needy.
But an investigation by The Insolvency Service and Trading Standards found none of the money was given to charity - in fact, the collection bags were shipped abroad and sold at a profit.
Thedropsofhelp Ltd delivered bags to households with a picture of a dishevelled young girl biting her nails next to the statement: “The drops of help in your hands will support the poor families, orphans, and asylums. Help them today, not tomorrow...”
The company was run by Vaidotas Puzas and his wife Asta Puziene who stated their average turnover was around 15 tonnes of clothes per month.
You may also want to watch:
They pleaded guilty to 10 charges under the Consumer Protection From Unfair Trading Regulations at Dartford Magistrates Court on October 23 before their case was committed to Maidstone Crown Court on December 21 for sentencing due to the “highly organised and misleading” nature of the scam.
After calling their actions “despicable”, His Honour Judge Griffiths-Jones QC gave Puzas a two year sentence suspended for two years, 250 hours of community service, and a £1,000 fine.
- 1 Man killed and two injured in triple shooting
- 2 Stephen Fry: Canning Town man to face court charged with murder
- 3 'That is what this club is about' as Mark Noble wants to find West Ham fan
- 4 New primary school in Stratford welcomes first reception class
- 5 Police appeal to bystanders in alleged rape case
- 6 Indian restaurants to try in Newham, as recommended by readers
- 7 Campaigners protest City Farm closure at Town Hall with 6,000-strong petition
- 8 New Covid vaccine centres to open across east London
- 9 Steven Fry stabbing: Custom House victim named in murder investigation
- 10 Watch the moment 'stolen' car drives into vehicles in East Ham
Puziene received 150 hours of community service for her role and the company was fined £10,000 plus £2,000 prosecution costs.
Neither of the defendents can act as director of a company for five years.
Following the court’s decision, Chris Mayhew, company investigations supervisor, said: “This company took shameful advantage of the public’s charity thereby damaging genuine charities by taking items that may otherwise have been donated to them and by harming people’s faith in giving altogether.”