Fraudster Stole Cash and Goods From Girlfriend

PUBLISHED: 12:37 05 March 2009 | UPDATED: 10:46 04 May 2010

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FRAUDSTER Catherine Spinks obtained thousands of pounds worth of cash and goods by using her ex-girlfriend s credit cards and cheques. She used eight stolen cheques to obtain cash from the Money Shop in Cambridge, and used her former partner s PIN number

FRAUDSTER Catherine Spinks obtained thousands of pounds worth of cash and goods by using her ex-girlfriend's credit cards and cheques.

She used eight stolen cheques to obtain cash from the Money Shop in Cambridge, and used her former partner's PIN number when using her credit cards.

Spinks obtained a total of £1,320 from using her ex-girlfriend's HSBC account, £1,664.94 from her Barclaycard account, and £500 from Money Shop.

Appearing at Ely courthouse on Thursday, 25-year-old Spinks, of West Drive Gardens, Soham, admitted four charges of fraud, committed between January and June of last year. She asked for a further 33 offences to be taken into consideration.

She admitted two charges of presenting cheques belonging to Jennifer Morgan at the Money Shop, obtaining £82.51 and £85.01.

Spinks also admitted fraudulently using Jennifer Morgan's HSBC credit card and Barclaycard in Soham to obtain sums of £150 and £30.

Prosecuting, Laura Mardell said: "On a number of occasions she took credit cards and used them to buy goods and obtain cash. The cards were returned to the complainant on each occasion.

"She also stole cheques from the complainant, opening an account at the Money Shop in Cambridge, using the complainant's identity.

When the relationship broke up, the defendant took eight cheques from the complainant's HSBC cheque book. On seven occasions she made out cheques for £100 and received £85; and the final cheque was written for £50, and she obtained £42.50. On each occasion she forged the complainant's signature.

On March 8 Spinks used an HSBC credit card to obtain £150 in cash, and at the One Stop shop in Soham on January 6, Spinks completed a £30 transaction using her former partner's Barclaycard.

Unemployed Spinks was given a 12-month supervision ordered and ordered to carry out 100-hours of unpaid work. She must pay £250 compensation.

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