A MAN was caught out the second time he tried to defraud Morrisons at Pinchbeck by picking up discarded receipts and stealing the corresponding items to claim a cash refund.
Clint Elliott (32), of Wellington Way, Market Deeping, successfully claimed a £23.49 refund when he “took back” two cases of alcohol.
But he was challenged when he tried to do the same thing with a £99 Vax floor cleaner nine days later on October 11 last year.
Rebecca Ritson, prosecuting, said a security guard who reviewed CCTV footage spotted Elliott walking around the car park picking up receipts.
Elliott pleaded guilty to two counts of fraud by false representation and was given a six-month community order with a 12-week 7pm-7am curfew. He must also pay £23.49 compensation to Morrisons and £85 court costs.
Solicitor David Lee, mitigating, said Elliott was in financial difficulty at the time.
Elliott admitted breaching a conditional discharge by committing the frauds, but magistrates took no action other than allowing the conditional discharge to continue.