No jail for gambler who stole from gran

A FRAUDSTER racked up huge debts on his grandmother's credit card has walked free from court.

A FRAUDSTER racked up huge debts on his grandmother's credit card has walked free from court.

Unemployed Luke Ramsey is today on a suspended prison sentence after building up debts of �4,500 on the credit card.

The 20-year-old was ordered to pay �500 in compensation to the woman who had looked after him and the cash will now be taken out of his state benefit.

Ramsey's betrayal took place while he was living with his grandmother so he could feed a gambling addiction and pay off drug debts.

It began in August last year when he got hold of her pin number and password and over a six-month period he made more than 100 transactions.

As well as gambling and ordering pizzas, Ramsey bought electrical items online, which he sold to repay his cocaine habit.

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The fraud was discovered when Ramsey's grandmother was told by her bank of irregularities on her account. He was beaten up by his uncle as a consequence.

Ramsey, of Pickwick Road, Ipswich pleaded guilty to fraud by false representation when he appeared at South East Magistrates' Court in the town earlier this month.

The court heard how his grandmother felt betrayed by his actions.

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

The grandmother believed Ramsey was able to get her personal details by going through her bank statements while she was at work. The bank has paid some of the stolen money back.

At his Ramsey's sentencing yesterday, Tariq Kwaham, mitigating, said: “He breached the trust of the one person who showed him the greatest care in his life.”

Magistrates handed Ramsey a 12-week suspended sentence and told him to complete 200 hours of unpaid work over 12 months.