Fake rent card scam earns £1,674

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A man who made fraudulent claims totalling £1,674 nearly three years ago has been given 150 hours of unpaid work to do.

Gintaras Ciuzelis, 24, of High Street, Boston, appeared at the town’s magistrates’ court on Wednesday and pleaded guilty to two charges of committing fraud by false representation - one in Boston and one in Bracebridge Heath.

He also asked for seven other similar matters to be taken into account.

Prosecuting, Rebecca Ritson said all the incidents took place between August and September of 2010 and were all of a similar nature.

Ms Ritson said Ciuzelis would enter a store, ask for a top up of a rent card, which turned out to be a copy, then pretend to have forgotten his wallet and leave the store with the promise of returning - leaving the copy behind.

He would not return, but the money would soon be withdrawn using the original card.

Defending, Mike Alexander said Ciuzelis had been coerced into committing the crimes by another man following an incident in a nightclub where a drink had been spilt on a mobile phone.

Despite Ciuzelis saying he would replace it, Mr Alexander said the man beat him up outside the pub, stole his wallet and later forced him to commit the crimes.

Ciuzelis had later gone on the run to get away from the man, but had returned following a custodial sentence for another offence. Mr Alexander also questioned why police had taken so long to act given he wasn’t arrested until May 9.

Magistrates ordered him to pay £85 costs as well as an order to complete 150 hours’ unpaid work.

No order for compensation was made.