Travel agent sentenced for card fraud

AN IPSWICH travel agent who handed over holidaymakers' credit card details to criminals has been sentenced to do unpaid work. Her two co-defendants have been jailed for a year for using the card details for a £10,000 internet shopping spree.

AN IPSWICH travel agent who handed over holidaymakers' credit card details to criminals has been sentenced to do unpaid work.

Her two co-defendants have been jailed for a year for using the card details for a £10,000 internet shopping spree.

Alice Conington gave Thomas Cook customers' credit card details to her boyfriend Shane Andrews and his friend David Parry to run up a bill of £9,678.97 on concert tickets and food shopping.

Ipswich Crown Court heard that Conington, 20, was found guilty and Andrews, 21, and Parry, 21, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to dishonestly obtain property by deception between January 24 and May 25 last year.

The trio were arrested when police dressed up as Sainsburys home delivery men to take shopping to their address after stores became suspicious.

The court heard that six credit card details were found at the defendants' Turin Street address in Ipswich.

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Simon Spence, prosecuting, said that in January 2004 a woman visited the travel agents in Tavern Street to book a holiday to the USA for herself, her husband and her daughter. She handed Conington a piece of paper containing details of three credit cards to book the holiday.

The following day one of the card's details were used to book concert tickets costing £140 and the next day another card's details were used to buy £180 worth of shopping from Tesco.

The court heard that between April 1 and May 23, the cards were also used to order 24 home deliveries from Tesco and Sainsburys valued at abound £800.

Mr Spence said another card belonging to two pensioners aged 91 and 88 from Sussex was also used to order food and buy concert tickets.

The court heard that Conington, who is currently expecting Andrews' baby, was of previous good character.

Andrews had a record for possessing cocaine, cannabis and an offensive weapon and a joint conspiracy to burgle with Parry in 2002.

Mr Recorder David Anderson QC said the deception had caused a financial loss to credit card companies and "considerable worry and distress" to the card owners.

Conington was told to do 40 hours community punishment. Andrews and Parry were each jailed for 12 months.

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