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Serial liar strikes yet again and her victim is ruined; Lies left man stranded.


SERIAL liar Emma Walker tricked a man into quitting his career by offering him a job which didn't exist in Norway.

The convicted dance school fraudster was working for a recruitment agency when she was asked by job-hunter Stephen Clark to find him new employment in the offshore industry.

Walker claimed to have found the car dealership after-sales manager a job on an oil rig in Norway, however no such job existed.

But Mr Clark was so convinced the offer was genuine, he quit his job at Audi when Walker contacted him to say his contract was ready.

He then flew to Norway, where he remained for two weeks while Walker continued to fool him and made excuses. Eventually Mr Clark's wife contacted the recruitment firm Walker was working for, and when they checked their files they found they had no record of Mr Clark.

It then turned out Walker had forged the signature of her boss on the bogus contract she had given Mr Clark.

She also used a company credit card to pay for her victim's trip to Scandinavia and to pay her own rent, bills and to buy a washing machine, racking up a bill of PS11,000, PS3,000 of which she spent on herself.

Walker was convicted of fraud in 2011 after conning parents into believing their children were going to Disneyland Paris for a dance competition.

And in her latest appearance at Newcastle Crown Court, it also emerged she failed to declare that conviction while setting up a dance school in Shiremoor, North Tyneside.

Walker, who continues to run dance schools in Cowgate, Newcastle and West Allotment, North Tyneside, even forged a Criminal Records Bureau certificate while setting up the Shiremoor class.

Despite pleading guilty to three counts of fraud, Walker walked free from court with a suspended prison sentence.

Sentencing her, Recorder Charles Ekins told her: "The impression you have given by your conduct over the last three years is of a thoroughly and persistently dishonest woman.

"You are clearly intelligent and able to manage your life, and yet time and again you have allowed yourself to act in what may be described as a thoroughly dishonest fashion.

"It's clear to me a custodial sentence is absolutely inevitable and you have come within a whisker of going straight to prison."

The court heard Mr Clark had been working as an after-sales manager for Audi at the Silverlink retail park in North Shields.

Towards the end of 2011 he decided he would like a career as an off-shore worker and gained the relevant qualifications.

A friend provided him with the contact details of Walker, who was working as an administrator for a recruitment firm.

Mr Clark emailed her his CV and she said there was nothing available at first.

But in February last year she contacted him to say she had "some good news" and claimed a contract had come up to build a new semi-submerged rig.

And two weeks later she contacted him again to say the contract was ready and as a result Mr Clark quit his job at Audi.

By April he had still not heard anything and Walker told him there was a delay. She also started paying him small amounts through a Paypal account, which she claimed were his wages.

Mr Clark booked tickets to Norway and flew out on July 16. He was taken to a hotel and was told to expect a helicopter to pick him up and take him to the oil rig.

However Walker contacted him saying the pilot was stuck and she moved him to a more upmarket hotel, the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, in Stavanger, although he had to pay for meals himself.

Mr Clark tried to ring Walker to say he had no money and, after difficulties getting in touch with her, she finally texted him company credit card details and said there were further delays with the job.

When her lies were exposed Mr Clark was flown home by the firm and said the ordeal "nearly destroyed" him.

He said in a statement to the court: "She's deceitful and manipulative and she nearly destroyed me."

When Walker was arrested she admitted she had provided a false contract and had used the company credit card to fund the Norway trip and to pay her rent and bills and buy a washing machine.

The court heard she committed a separate fraud between July 2011 and May 2012 when setting up the dance school in Shiremoor.

She approached Kerry Blair about hiring Shiremoor Community Centre to run a dance class for children.

But Walker failed to disclose her previous conviction for fraud with regard to the Disneyland trip. Ms Blair insisted on seeing Walker's Criminal Records Bureau certificate, but she handed in a forged copy of a certificate issued in 2007.

The lessons had been going on for weeks before the lie came to light, although Ms Blair said she had received no fees for room hire.

Walker, 22, of Harrogate Court, Ashington, pleaded guilty to three counts of fraud and was given nine months' prison, suspended for two years, with 100 hours of unpaid work and supervision.

Robin Mairs, defending, said: "She was doing well at the recruitment agency and was over-confident of getting him a job. He gave up his job and she felt responsible and came up with what was a madcap scheme to get him out to Norway in the hope a job would materialise, although inevitably a job was not going to materialise. It was not done out of malice, quite the reverse."

Walker was given a conditional discharge in July 2011 for fraud by abuse of position while running Just Dance, in Ashington. She planned a trip to Disneyland for a competition and asked parents to provide a PS10 deposit. No trip happened, Walker denied stealing the money, which was recovered, saying it was in her house.


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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
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Date:Mar 20, 2013
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