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Belfast man sent to jail for using stolen bank card 27 times

By Ashleigh McDonald

Published 15/04/2015

A Belfast man with 40 previous convictions has been handed a nine-month sentence for using a stolen bank card to make fraudulent transactions totalling more than £2,000
A Belfast man with 40 previous convictions has been handed a nine-month sentence for using a stolen bank card to make fraudulent transactions totalling more than £2,000

A Belfast man with 40 previous convictions has been handed a nine-month sentence for using a stolen bank card to make fraudulent transactions totalling more than £2,000.

Michael McCrea (24), from McCandless Street, admitted receiving the stolen bank card as well as a charge of fraud by false representation.

Judge Gordon Kerr QC told McCrea he will serve half the sentence in prison, with the remaining half on supervised licence.

Belfast Crown Court heard that following the theft of the bank card, it was used 27 times to make a series of fraudulent transactions amounting to £2,235.

Crown prosecutor Simon Jenkins said the victim in the case had his Danske Maestro card stolen during a night out in Belfast on April 1, 2013.

He realised his card had been stolen the morning after, and reported it to the bank the following day.

The man was later told his card had been used to make 27 "unwarranted" transations between 4.27am and 5.25pm on April 2, 2013.

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