A FRAUDSTER tried to bag a loan using a false identity – just hours after using her real name to get some cash at the same emergency loan store.
Kayleigh Beattie went into the Money Shop in Fowler Street, South Shields, on November 26 in an attempt to get extra funds for herself.
But the 25-year-old’s plan was “doomed to fail” from the beginning, according to her solicitor, because the company uses face-recognition when authorising loans.
Staff recognised her when she went in for the second time in a day, and called the police, who also found amphetamine on her.
Beattie, of George Scott Street, South Shields, pleaded guilty at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court to fraud by false representation and possessing a Class B drug.
Stan Sudworth, prosecuting, said: “She tried to get a loan using a false name.
“Staff were suspicious because they had already seen her in the shop earlier, using her real name.
“She told them she worked at a nursery, but couldn’t be specific as to where it was.
“Eventually she gave them a phone number for a nursery, which confirmed she didn’t work there.
“The staff called the police and she didn’t get away with anything.”
Christopher Brown, defending, said: “Her attempt to obtain the money was doomed to fail from the beginning. They knew her in the shop.”
Magistrates gave Beattie a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered her to pay a £15 victim surcharge.