Woman pretended to be pregnant in bid to con couple in surrogacy scam

Louise Kimmet attempted to scam the couple out of £10,000 by pretending she was pregnant.

Louise Kimmet from Glasgow conned couple in £10,000 surrogacy scam by claiming to be pregnant iStock

A woman pretended to be pregnant to con a couple in a £10,000 surrogacy scam.

Louise Kimmet lied to the man and woman leading to them handing over cash.

The 32-year-old, of Cranhill, Glasgow, met the pair via an online surrogacy forum.

Court papers stated Kimmet initially advertised her service as a surrogate and entered into an agreement with them.

Kimmet and the couple settled on a fee of £10,000 for her to provide surrogate services.

But, she received an initial £1,000 for “ongoing expenses”.

Prosecutors stated Kimmet “pretended to (the couple) that she was pregnant”.

Kimmet then said she was “experiencing symptoms of pregnancy and had attended hospital and a GP as a result”.

Kimmet went on to send an image that the pregnancy was “progressing.”

She also pretended to have attended for ultrasound scans.

The charge stated Kimmet claimed to “require the sum of £1,000 for ongoing expenses relating to the pregnancy”.

The couple then transferred her the money, but, prosecutors stated the man and woman discovered Kimmet was not expecting a baby and had “obtained £1,000 by fraud”.

Kimmet appeared in the dock at Glasgow Sheriff Court to admit – via her lawyer Keith Tuck – to a single charge of fraud spanning between November 2020 and March 2021.

No further background information about the crime was given meantime.

It was, however, revealed by prosecutor Ross Canning that Kimmet has one previous conviction although it is not known what for.

Sentence was deferred pending background reports until next month 

Kimmet had her bail continued in the meantime by Sheriff Gareth Jones.

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