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Scarborough Fraudster Sentenced


2:52pm 30th June 2017

A Scarborough man's been sentenced for theft and fraud.

Damien Samuel Arthur Osbourne, 34, of Victoria Road, Scarborough, admitted theft and fraud after stealing a wallet and used a supermarket loyalty card inside it to spend nearly 100,000 reward points. 

On April 14 April 2017, a man reported he had lost his wallet while shopping in Scarborough. Later that same day, a Nectar card from the wallet was used in Sainsbury's on Falsgrave Road in two separate transactions, purchasing items worth a total of £482, using 96,500 points. 

Receipts showed that the points were used to buy items including three mobile phones, steak, pet food and chocolates. 

The card was left with a balance of less than £20 (3,622 points.) The suspect was caught on CCTV using the card and was arrested on 26 May and subsequently charged with theft of the wallet and two counts of fraud by false representation. 

PC Liam Cromack, of Scarborough Police, who led the investigation, said:

“The victim and his family had saved up the Nectar points for more than ten years to buy themselves something special, so when Osbourne used them they were understandably very upset.

In interview, Osbourne showed no remorse for the offences, saying when he found the card with all the points on he thought it was his lucky day and took advantage of it.”

Osbourne pleaded guilty at Scarborough Magistrates Court on 8 June, and on 29 June at York Crown Court he was sentenced to a 12-month community order with a rehabilitation activity requirement, and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £85.


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