Rugby couple’s £2,500 Waitrose bill paid by fraud victims

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A Rugby couple used other people’s credit card details to buy goods worth £2,500 from 
Waitrose.

Adam Graham, Lisa Amos and Charlotte Logan had all pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit fraud between January and September 2010 by making false representations to the supermarket.

Graham, 34, of Prior Park Road, Rugby, was given a 12-month community sentence with 12 months supervision, a Thinking Skills programme and 80 hours of unpaid work.

Amos, 29, of the same address, was given an ‘intensive community control package’ involving 18 months of supervision, a women’s programme and the Thinking Skills programme.

Logan, 38, of Nares Close, Rugby, was given a community sentence with 12 months supervision and was ordered to do 60 hours of unpaid work.

Prosecutor Lal Amarasinghe said that Graham and Amos obtained the names and details of genuine credit cards and used the information to buy food, drink and other items.

They succeeded on 14 occasions, and goods worth around £2,500 were obtained, with further attempts being unsuccessful. Nine of the deliveries were made to their own address, and they also recruited Logan who received a further five deliveries at her home.

Logan was not involved in placing any fraudulent orders, but had taken delivery of goods worth a total of around £1,000 in return for keeping some of the items for herself.

Tim Sapwell, for Graham and Amos, pointed out that the offences now dated back two years, and they had changed their lives around since then and had committed no further offences.

Sentencing the three, Recorder Andrew Easteal said: “You were engaged in what was, in many respects, quite a sophisticated fraud. You, Miss Logan, were quite willing to have some of those delivered to your door and to have some of the goods. But you were not nearly as involved as your two co-accused.”

He told Graham and Amos: “It was all too typical of the way you had been conducting yourselves for years; and had you committed the offences this year I would have sent you to prison.

“But what is critical to the outcome of your two cases is that two years have passed since these offences, during which you have committed no further offences and during which you have changed your ways and got away from drug abuse.”