Con Man Poses As Gay Teen To Rob LGBT Charity & Foster Family
Sometimes the truth is stranger than fiction. A 26-year-old man has been sentenced to four and a half years in prison after posing as a 17-year-old abandoned gay teen in order to defraud a UK LGBT charity and the foster family with whom the charity placed him to live.
Gay Star News reports:
Shane Peake, 26, contacted Wiltshire Council in June pretending to be a gay vulnerable 17-year-old kicked out by his family.
He told them his name was Steven Shaw.
He was placed in supported lodgings, while LGBT charity Rainbow Rooms’ Will Clark helped out with advice and care.
But when the 43-year-old who ran Rainbow Rooms for six years began to have doubts, Peake accused him of rape.
The 26-year-old fake was later discovered to have used several aliases and to have stolen from both Clark and his
Last week (11 October), Peake was jailed for four-and-a-half years after admitting perverting the course of justice, theft, burglary and fraud.
Peake's false rape allegations, though disproven, devastated the charity and caused it to lose its financial backers. As a result Rainbow Rooms was forced to shut down.
Clark tells the Salisbury Journal, "It is hard to believe that anyone can do something like this to another person.
"Everything was tarnished by what he said I did. He has destroyed not just
“Everything the charity was and all it did in the community has gone. It is such a huge loss."