A charity fraudster whose lies were exposed when she applied for a job in Kensington has been jailed.
Alina Alnobani approached charities falsely claiming she had cancer and asking for help in funding the treatment.
Metropolitan Police only discovered her web of deceit when she applied for a job at a hotel in South Kensington .
The 38-year-old, from Green Lanes in Hornsey, was sentenced to four months behind bars at Wood Green Crown Court on March 8.
She was brought to the attention of police after being offered the role of night manager at the hotel in December 2014.
She provided two references from different companies on headed paper, which the employer later discovered were both forgeries.
The hotel challenged Alnobani, told her to leave and reported her to Action Fraud in January 2015. It passed the matter on to the Met .
Detectives from Operation Falcon searched her home and found extensive paperwork that documented the defendant approaching charities claiming that she had cancer and asking for help to fund the cost of treatment as the NHS would only fund half the amount.
Officers also found a cheque for £500 from a charity which was made out to a London hospital to help with her cancer.
She was arrested on May 15 and told police she had bone cancer. She also claimed that in November 2014 she was diagnosed with benign bone cancer sarcoma and at the time could not walk or stand on her feet.
Alnobani told police that copies of NHS letters were to seek financial aid from embassies and charities to fund an operation, and she was released on bail pending further inquiries.
But the NHS told officers that it did not take part in split-schemes to fund the cost of treatment, and that her letters were forgeries.
Neither was there trace of Alnobani on the NHS patient database, or documentation to support a diagnosis of bone cancer or sarcoma in her medical history.
She received a two four-month sentences for fraud, to run concurrently, and charge of being in possession of false identity documents was ordered to lie on file.
Investigating officer Detective Constable Farah Nain of Operation Falcon said: “Alnobani’s attempts to defraud charities in this way could have deprived someone genuinely suffering from a serious illness from being the beneficiary of charitable funds.
"The custodial sentence handed down today will provide her with time to reflect on her actions.”