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Antrim civil servant fraudster tried to sell 'lost' phone

By Alan Erwin

Published 15/12/2015

A civil servant has been given a three-month suspended prison sentence for trying to expose a woman to mobile phone contract fraud
A civil servant has been given a three-month suspended prison sentence for trying to expose a woman to mobile phone contract fraud

A civil servant has been given a three-month suspended prison sentence for trying to expose a woman to mobile phone contract fraud.

Belfast Magistrates Court heard Christie Bradley claimed to have lost an iPhone registered to the victim when it was advertised for sale on Gumtree.

Counsel for the 23-year-old said it was an "unsophisticated" scam that has put his job at risk.

Bradley, of Ballyearl Close in Newtownabbey, Co Antrim, pleaded guilty to fraud by false representation.

Prosecutors said he had reached a verbal agreement with the woman to take over her contract for the phone last year.

He later claimed to have lost the device, which could have led to her requesting a replacement. It was only when it was discovered for sale online that the fraud came to light.

District judge Fiona Bagnall rejected a suggestion that Bradley could be fined and imposed the suspended sentence.

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