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Court told Dudley fraudster's downfall was a certainty
5:00pm Saturday 21st September 2013 in Local
A DUDLEY fraudster's barrister said his client's downfall was never in doubt because all the clues led one way.
Vickram Mal, aged 29, stole more than £6,200 worth of goods from the Merry Hill shop where he worked as a sales assistant.
Mal was employed at 3UK Retail Ltd and he took phones and a computer which were sold on, Wolverhampton Crown Court was told.
Judge John Warner told Mal, of Watsons Green Road: "The aggravating aspect of this case is that it required a degree of planning and premeditation. It was a serious breach of trust."
Mal admitted 17 charges of fraud by false representation and he was given a 15 week jail term suspended for two years and ordered to carry out 80 hours unpaid work in the community.
Gareth Walters, prosecuting, said Mal created a number of bogus accounts in the names of non-existent customers and then stole telephone upgrades.
Robert Cowley, for Mal, said it was certain his client would be caught out at the end of the day having signed each of the customer agreements himself.
"There was never any doubt it was him," he added. "The paper trail could only go in one direction and that was back to him so it was not particularly sophisticated offending."
He told the court that Mal who took property valued at £6,244 from the shop had lost his job as a result of his crimes and he was now working as a driver.
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