Thursday, 18 August 2011

Man Found Guilty of Fraud

A man was found guilty yesterday of fraud and theft after he stole from his landlord. Michael Wilds stole from Paul Hardiment by using his Barclays bank card and spending more than £10,000.

After an intense investigation it transpires Barclays bank had been sending Mr Hardiment's card to the property he let to Mr Wilds, who in turn committed serious fraud. Over £10,000 had been spend by Michael Wilds before Paul Hardiment became aware his tenant was stealing from him. Barclays sent their statement to Paul at which point he queried the balance.

Mr Wilds from York used the credit card to finance his expensive lifestyle and pay off gas debts. Michael Wilds solicitor, Nicholas Barker, said: “This did not fund any high living”, however, the prosecutor stressed he drove a jaguar and spent the money on new tyres for his girlfriends Audi TT.

Wild pleaded guilty to fraud and theft and received a sentence of up to four months imprisonment, suspended for two years, and ordered to carry out 150 hours unpaid work.


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