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Serial fraudster with 220 offences: Mother branded “morally bankrupt” by judge



Charmaine Mcallister, 37, returns to jail for latest fraud: Impersonating police, bank worker, soldier, and more

Charmaine McAllister, a 37-year-old mother of three, has amassed a staggering 220 offences over a criminal career spanning 21 years, primarily focused on fraud. The prolific criminal, branded by a judge as “one of the most morally bankrupt women,” was recently sentenced to 15 months behind bars for her latest crime, involving credit scams and defrauding victims of over £100,000.

McAllister’s criminal history began at the age of 22, with her first jail term for stealing a handbag containing £600 at an equine event. The recent case saw her adopting various false identities, including posing as a police officer, bank worker, soldier, and advertising executive from Horse and Hound magazine.

Judge Steven Everett, presiding over the case at Chester Crown Court, expressed astonishment at McAllister’s extensive record, labeling her as “the most dishonest woman” he has encountered. He criticized her as a “sophisticated fraudster” with no remorse and a lack of moral compass. The judge emphasized the need for longer prison sentences to protect the public from her repeated fraudulent activities.

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McAllister’s criminal spree, involving luxury cars, cosmetic surgery, hotel stays, and designer clothing, has left a trail of victims. In one incident, she even stole money from her own mother. The recent fraud included acquiring vehicles, such as BMWs, using stolen credit card details and reselling them for cash.

The defendant, banned from every equestrian center in Britain due to previous offenses targeting horse riders, was detected when clients unwittingly purchased vehicles involved in her latest scams. McAllister’s defense claimed she is undergoing cognitive behavioral therapy in prison and has enrolled in an Open University degree course in sports science with a commitment to turning her life around upon release.

As the criminal justice system grapples with the challenge of reforming repeat offenders, McAllister’s case raises questions about the effectiveness of rehabilitation efforts and the need for stricter measures to prevent recidivism.


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