A PAIR of fraudsters who obtained hundreds of pounds of car parts paid for with a stolen bank card from a South Tyneside garage face a combined court bill of more than £1,000.
Carl Johnson and Nicola Allan picked up £767.96 worth of goods from Bill’s Auto Parts, in Westoe Road, South Shields, during three visits in less than a week.
The parts had been bought over the phone by a mystery man, known only as Tom, using the stolen card.
Johnson, 40 and Allan 27, went to the store to collect the goods on his behalf – pocketing £60 between them for doing so.
Both pleaded guilty to three counts of fraud by false representation at an earlier hearing and were back at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court for sentencing.
Prosecuting, John McGlone said: “In November 2012, the store took a call from a man, saying he was called Tom asking to pay for items over the phone.
“The transaction came to £82.96, and he asked if his girlfriend could collect the goods.”
Two further transactions were made over the phone, with Allan, of Frederick Street, South Shields, going to the store to pick up the goods each time with Mr Johnson.
The three collections took place between Saturday, November 3 and Thursday, November 8.
A month later, store staff were informed by police that the transactions had not been made by the genuine card holder.
Paul Kennedy, defending, said the pair’s only involvement in the offence was to pick up the parts.
Mr Kennedy said: “Their role in this was to pick up the items. A man by the name of Tom made by the calls and set up the transactions. There was some contact between Mr Johnson and Tom. They were not friends, but he knew him.”
Johnson, of Roker Avenue in Sunderland, asked Allan to participate in the offence with the pair splitting the £60 given for carrying out the collection.
Mr Kennedy added: “They benefitted by £60. They weren’t aware the transaction was fraudulent, but they should have known something was a bit off after the first collection.”
Johnson was given a 12-month community order with supervision, a two-week curfew running from 7pm to 7am, ordered to pay compensation to the store of £383.98, and ordered to pay costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £60, making for a total of £528.98.
Allan was ordered to pay the same costs of £528.98, complete a community order with supervision of six months and a curfew for four weeks, from 8pm to 7am.