Derbyshire link to alleged fraudster

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A CAMPAIGN launched by the charity Crimestoppers to locate ten of the most wanted fraudsters in the UK, who between them are believed to be responsible for more than £200 million worth of fraud, includes a man allegedly posing as a comedian’s brother to defraud pub landlords.

Peter Stead is alleged to have tricked several Derbyshire pub landlords out of money in the summer of 2009 by offering to put on a comedy night to raise money for the Lewis Mighty Fund.

He was given cash by landlords to secure the booking, but failed to perform. The fund was launched to send four-year-old Lewis, a cancer patient, to America for treatment

The campaign has been launched following reports earlier this year that fraud cost the UK an estimated £38 billion in 2010*.

With fraud costing each one of us over £700 a year, the national charity has launched a campaign to try and track down ten of the most wanted fraudsters in the UK.

For a full list of the ten individuals featured as part of the campaign please visit www.crimestoppers-uk.org/wanted|

The estimated £38 billion cost of fraud in 2010 and £765 cost to adult population per year reported by National Fraud Authority in January 2011.