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Spalding man has suspended prison sentence extended after committing fraud by using stolen bank card

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A man serving a suspended prison sentence has been fined after committing fraud.

George Robert Lee (43), of Hereward Road in Spalding, had been serving the sentence since March last year.

Prosecuting, Marie Stace said a wallet had been stolen from an unlocked car and a bank card from the wallet was subsequently used by Lee in Spalding on September 4 to buy goods totalling £158.

Boston Magistrates' Court
Boston Magistrates' Court

She said Lee admitted being given the card to use although he had not stolen it himself, and he had handed the goods over to a second man and been rewarded with cigarettes for making the purchase.

Lee admitted the offence of fraud by false representation when he appeared before District Judge Peter Veits at Boston Magistrates Court today (Wednesday).

However, Judge Veits said Lee had earned a 'very positive report' from the Probation Service and so rather than sending him to immediate custody, he would be extending his suspended sentence by six months and adding a new suspended prison sentence of four weeks custody suspended for a year.

He was also ordered to pay a total of £205 in court costs and charges.

Mitigating, Philippa Chatterton said 'a term of imprisonment would be devastating' for Lee.

She said Lee was working well under his suspended prison sentence order and was now at a fixed address and had the help of a number of agencies.

She added that he had used the card on four occasions to buy goods for the other man and had been rewarded with just 20 cigarettes.

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