Drug addict stole from gran to gamble

GAMBLING drug addict Luke Ramsey is awaiting sentencing today after racking up a �4,500 bill on his grandmother's credit card.

GAMBLING drug addict Luke Ramsey is awaiting sentencing today after racking up a �4,500 bill on his grandmother's credit card.

Ramsey, of Pickwick Road, Ipswich, started stealing from the woman who had fed and clothed him to feed his passion for online betting.

However, as his six-month spending spree took hold, he also used her card to pay off drug debts, as well as ordering pizzas and clothes.

The unemployed 20-year-old pleaded guilty to fraud by false representation when he appeared at South East Magistrates' Court in Ipswich.

The court heard Ramsey was living with his grandmother when the crimes were committed, but left there after his scam was discovered. He was also beaten up by his uncle as a consequence.

Prosecutor Lesla Small said the fraud began on August 14 last year after Ramsey got hold of his grandmother's pin number and password. The last transaction he made was on February 18 this year.

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Apart from gambling, and ordering pizzas and clothes, Ramsey also bought electrical items online. He then sold these to help him pay off the drug debts he had accrued due to his cocaine habit.

The court heard how betrayed Ramsey's grandmother felt by his actions, when part of a statement she made was read out.

In it she said: “I fed, clothed and cared for him to the best of my ability. I am deeply hurt and distressed.”

The fraud was discovered when Ramsey's grandmother was informed of irregularities on her account by her bank.

Although her wages as a dinner lady were paid into the account, it was said she only used it for minor outgoings.

When the scam was brought to her attention, her son suspected her grandson had been squandering the money.

The grandmother believed Ramsey was able to get her personal details by going through her bank statements while she was at work.

Ms Small said when Ramsey was confronted he left the house, although it is alleged he used the credit card again before it was blocked.

The court was told Ramsey was pleading guilty to the fraud, but did not accept this part of the prosecution's case.

District Judge David Cooper heard Ramsey was remorseful and disgusted with himself for what he had done.

He is now back living with his mother.

The case was adjourned for pre-sentencing reports.

Judge Cooper told Ramsey the matter might be referred to the crown court and options ranging from a community order to custody could be considered.

Ramsey was released on unconditional bail until April 29, when he must return to South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court.