Credit Cards - Prison sentence for card fraudster - 12/06/2008

A swindler who booked in to hotels and ordered goods with details of stolen credit cards has been given a suspended prison sentence.
Anris Teivans, of Leucha Road, east London, appeared before the town's magistrates on Thursday (June 5) and pleaded guilty to six counts of fraud by false representation.

The 26-year-old booked in to the Courtlands Hotel, in Wilmington Gardens, on May 16 and handed over a GE Capital credit card and used a false name.

It is further alleged that parcels then started to arrive at the hotel, a satellite navigation system and golf shoes were both purchased with an Essex credit card and a book was bought with a Brighton credit card.

The court also heard that each of these items were collected by Teivans. Prosecutor Alison May told magistrates the credit cards were still with the owners in Essex and Brighton at the time of the offences.

Graham Pithouse, defending, said, “I fully accept it has crossed the custody threshold due to its sophistication.

“However I would like you to give credit for Mr Teivans timely guilty plea and consider that he was arrested on May 22 and has been in custody since that time.”

Presiding magistrate, Jerry Noble, said, “This is a very serious offence and it affects innocent people.”

The fraudster received a 16-week prison sentence suspended for 12 months and no costs were ordered due to the time spent Teivans spent in custody.

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