Man Uses Cloned Credit Cards to Settle Court Fines in Fraud Case
Monday, 23 September 2013
James Cheshire, a man appearing before a Leicester Crown Court on charges of credit card fraud, used cloned credit cards to pay the £1,500 in fines imposed by the court.
The conman, who went on a year-long spending spree before getting caught, indulged in holidays, a season ticket to his favorite rugby club and a bed complete with pop-up television with his ill-gotten gains.
Cheshire was given a 12 month sentence by Judge Robert Brown, who commented on the fraudster’s use of cloned cards to clear his court fines with "He's gone on offending regardless and even had the cheek to use stolen-identity cards to pay off court fines. How much more brazen can you be than that? He's been committing fraud to have a good life including rugby tickets, holidays and flats."
The prosecutor in the case, Tim Bowden, said: "He used the cloned cards at hotels, on car insurance payments, car parts, fuel cards, event tickets, clothing, a laptop, a sofa and armchair, a bed incorporating a television. He bought some items on finance and used the cards to make the payments."
A further revelation and surprising turn came from the defense when it was stated that Mr. Cheshire is now involved in a legitimate business, selling credit, debit and prepaid card POS machines to merchants, a business far less likely to succeed now with his conviction.