man sentenced after admitting five counts of fraud
Highbridge man who
admitted five counts of fraud after illegally buying items from
stores in Gloucestershire, Cardiff and Bristol has been sentenced
Thompson, 39, admitted five counts of fraud during a hearing last
Wednesday in Stroud, Gloucestershire, where he appeared before
magistrates via a video link from prison in Birmingham.
court heard that on October 12th 2011, Thompson opened a Homebase
store card at the Stroud branch using a bank statement and an
electricity bill bearing a different name. He used the card to
purchase goods worth £2,181.09.
heard Thompson was arrested that day at a Tesco store in Brockworth,
near Gloucester, when he tried to purchase £1,900 of electrical
goods on a finance agreement. A search was conducted of his vehicle
and all goods from Homebase were recovered.
week, Thompson had also illegally purchased clothes from a store
in Cardiff and goods from Harvey Nichols in Bristol, the court
his defence, the court heard that Thompson owed a drug debt of
more than £2,000. Last year had been a difficult one for
him financially, the bench heard. Thompson was sentenced to six
weeks in jail, suspended for 12 months. He must also pay £1,050
compensation to Harvey Nichols for items not recovered and must
complete 150 hours of unpaid work.