Teen must pay back £6,600 spent on debt and clothes

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A teenager who spent £6,600 on clearing debts and clothes after the sum was wrongly put in his bank account has been ordered to pay it back.

Intars Laskovs, 19, of Tower Street, Boston, appeared at the town’s magistrates’ court on Wednesday over a charge of retaining a wrongful credit on March 3 of last year.

Daniel Paulson, prosecuting, told the court £6,600 was placed into Laskovs’ bank account during the sale of a trailer, for £6,600, from one business to another.

One of the parties, he said, received an email with Laskovs’ bank account details, indicating, wrongly, that payment should go there.

Mr Paulson said an investigation found ‘no evidence’, however, that Laskovs had sent the email or been involved in the ‘fraud’.

It was a point echoed by Carrie Simson, in mitigation, who also stressed Laskovs had no previous convictions.

She said: “There is absolutely no suggestion he was involved in the fraud element of this offence.”

She said Laskovs believed the money was his, though added: “I have to concede to receive an amount of £6,600 would probably prompt most people to contact the bank.”

She told the court Laskovs, who had already pleaded guilty to the offence, spent the money ‘paying off debts and buying himself clothes’, but offered to pay back the sum at a rate of £40 a week.

Sarah Jennings, chairman of the magistrates, said Laskovs had been handed a ‘loan with no interest charge’.

He was ordered to pay back the sum at a minimum of £100 a week, based on his £300 a week salary, a rate he accepted.

He must also pay £85 in costs and a victim surcharge of £60, plus complete 200 hours of unpaid work as part of a 12-month community order.