Beware the Peak District con artist

If ever there was a con this has got to be up. You know you are going to get caught but hey what the hell it seems.

A female confidence trickster swindled Derbyshire hoteliers into giving her a free holiday as she ran up unpaid bills off almost £10,000.

Lucie Berry, aged 32, booked luxury holiday lets for herself, her husband, nine-year-old son and two dogs in Bakewell, Baslow, and Matlock during a two months stay in the Peak District.

She sent e-mails in advance giving bank details but the owners only realised they had been fooled when they tried to cash her cheques or take money from her account.

Despite being unemployed and having no income Berry stayed in hotels around Britain and ran up bills totalling £24,000 in six months, Exeter Crown Court was told.

Among the losers were the owners of Bailiffs Cottage at Matlock, the Rutland Arms in Bakewell, and the Cavendish Hotel in Baslow.

She and her family then moved to Devon where one seaside holiday let owner lost £10,000 in business because she booked her house out through the peak summer season and was paid nothing.

Estate manager’s daughter Berry lost her tied house on the land where her father worked and then spent six months wandering around the country leaving a trail of dud cheques.

Berry, of Shetland Way, Immingham, Lincolnshire, admitted eight counts of fraud and asked for five more to be considered.

She was jailed for 40 weeks, suspended for 12 months and ordered to do 200 hours unpaid community work by Judge Erik Salomonsen.

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