A FRAUD victim was nearly thousands of pounds out of pocket after a credit card was taken out in his name, a court has heard.
Yunus Fasasi, 26, was arrested as he tried to buy £6,716 in goods from John Lewis Solihull using the fraudulent credit card.
The alarm was raised after the victim, who already held an account with the same lender, discovered a further application had been made in his name, Solihull Magistrates Court heard on Monday.
Fasasi, an unemployed father-of-one, tried to buy the goods with the card on November 9 but it was declined and he was arrested.
Kelly Edwards, defending, told magistrates Fasasi found himself in a desperate situation after he recently lost his job.
“My client was not involved with the cloning of the card in any way. He was presented with an opportunity to make some money and he made a stupid decision.”
Fasasi of Queens Ferry Parade, Leicester, pleaded guilty to fraud and was handed a 12 month community order. He was also told to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work, to pay £85 costs and £60 victim surcharge.