Sentence upheld for fraudster who duped children over Olympics appearance

Stephen Moonesamy
Stephen Moonesamy

Judges have ruled the sentence handed down to a man who tricked dozens of children at Northamptonshire dance schools they would dance at the Olympics was fair.

Stephen Moonesamy, from Northampton, received money from three dance schools – including The Dance Factory in Kettering and the Kilburn School of Dance in Wellingborough – last year after duping them into believing he was choreographing a segment of the Olympic closing ceremony.

Moonesamy, 36, picked 25 children from each dance school and then asked the schools to pay his Red, White and Blue (RWB) Midlands project £625 each.

He was handed a two-year sentence after pleading guilty to eight counts of fraud at Northampton Crown Court in July 2012.

And judges at the Court of Appeal today (Thursday, January 17) upheld that sentence, labelling actions of Moonesamy – who argued the sentence excessive, particularly as he had never been jailed before – as “callous”.

Judge David Clarke QC, sitting with Lord Justice Treacy and Mr Justice Saunders, said: “The effect on these children and their families is described as disappointment, but that is a serious understatement.

“In our judgment, this was a proper sentence and the appeal is, accordingly, dismissed.”