03:28PM, Wednesday 16 November 2016
A ‘devious’ woman who lied about having cancer and working for Heston Blumenthal has been jailed for more than five years for fraud offences.
Tanya Rowe, also known as Ryley Cruz, of Clarence Parade, Cheltenham, rented Quoin House in Bray using fraudulent references and payslips in order to secure her tenancy.
While living at the property, the 37-year-old furnished it using items from a Maidenhead antique shop which was paid for by cheques that subsequently bounced.
She also befriended a woman and defrauded her by telling her she was ill and needed money for rent, assuring the victim she would be paid back, which she was not.
Rowe was sentenced to five years and three months in jail at Gloucester Crown Court on Monday for fraud offences carried out across Berkshire and Gloucestershire.
She was convicted on September 1 when she was found guilty of one count of fraud by false representation for an offence in Gloucestershire and pleaded guilty to other similar offences, including seven committed in the Thames Valley area. These were five offences of fraud by false representation and two offences of possessing or controlling an article for use in fraud.
Detective Constable Abi Enright, of Windsor Police station, said: “Tanya Rowe appeared to live a very extravagant lifestyle. It was a lifestyle that she couldn’t sustain.
“She claimed that she was a designer for Heston Blumenthal, which wasn’t true and, more unforgivably, she also told people that she was dying of cancer, which also wasn’t true.
“She is a devious woman who has affected so many people’s lives.”
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