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Dad of cancer-faker’s boyfriend slams mum who raked in £22k from well-wishers and says son was ‘drawn in by her lies’

THE dad of a cancer faker’s ex-boyfriend has slammed the lying mum for raking in £22,000 from well-wishers.

Ian Corbett-Bromley says his son Jamie had unwittingly been drawn into Meghan Scotcher’s web of deceit and was “horrified” by what had happened.

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Meghan Scotcher pretended to be dying of cancer to rake in £22,000 from well-wishers[/caption]

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Her ex-boyfriend’s dad claims he was conned into helping her[/caption]

Scotcher, from Ripley, Derbyshire, pretended to have a life-threatening illness between June and December last year.

The 27-year-old announced on Facebook she had just months to live after hospital scans revealed she had seven tumours in her lungs.

She had genuinely been struck by cancer on three previous occasions but had been ‘cured’ by chemotherapy and surgery.

Shocked relatives and friends began to raise money so Scotcher could have a good quality of life in her final months with her young sons Cole and Archie.

Ian said she conned his son, 29, into setting up a GoFundMe page after revealing she was dying.

Speaking from his home in Ripley, Ian said: “He was the organiser of the fundraiser in good faith.

“They had split up way before this happened but he still wanted to help.

“We’re all as shocked as anyone when we found out it was a complete lie.”

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Scotcher, 27, pleaded guilty to fraud by false representation[/caption]

He also revealed that Jamie is now sole parent to his and Scotcher’s toddler son Archie, saying: “He has full time care of Archie, he’s absolutely fine, he’s a happy little boy.”

He said mum-of-two Scotcher, who pleaded guilty to faking a terminal cancer diagnosis to make £22,000, “must be punished” for her crime – although declined to say if she should be caged or spared jail.

His wife Caroline added: “We know all about her lies now, it is very hurtful and upsetting for many people. She and Jamie are definitely not together.”


At the time of her lies, Scotcher said: “I’m absolutely devastated – more so for my children.

“With the youngest it’s quite difficult because he wouldn’t really understand.

“And with my eldest, he knows that I’m poorly but at the minute he doesn’t know the full extent.”

Within days she had raised more than £12,000, with one supporter completing a 1,000km bike ride to collect £2,500, and this soon soared to a total of £22,000.

Scotcher said she would use the money to create “holiday memories” for her children and split the remaining cash between them after she had gone.

We know all about her lies now, it is very hurtful and upsetting for many people.

Ian Corbett-Bromley's wife Caroline

She spoke at the time of her amazement as donations poured in: “It’s unbelievable – I can’t get over people’s generosity to be honest.

“It’s been mind-blowing. It’s really amazing how people can come together – I still can’t get over it now.

“We’ve been looking at nice log cabins and different places where the boys can go with the bikes. It will create some really nice memories with them.”

Police began to investigate after a relative spoke to medical staff at the hospital where Scotcher claimed she was being treated.

She was arrested in March this year and charged with one offence of fraud by false representation.

Scotcher appeared at Nottingham Crown Court by video link today where she pleaded guilty to the offence.

The case was adjourned to allow for a psychiatric report on Scotcher to be prepared and is expected to be sentenced at the same court in September.

A spokeswoman for GoFundMe said: “All donations were refunded when the misuse allegations were raised.”

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