A FINANCIAL management student tried to obtain more than £1,000 worth of phone equipment with fake bank cards, a court has heard.
Samuel Omileke, of Panfield Road, London, was given a Community Order with 200 hours of unpaid work after he pleaded guilty to three charges of fraud by false representation and obstructing an officer in the execution of his duty.
The 24-year-old, who studies at Brunel University, got a train from the capital to Worcester, after he was told to do so by a man who ‘hangs around’ at the uni, Worcester Magistrates Court heard on Friday (April 25).
On March 28, Omileke visited the O2 store in High Street, where he managed to purchase an iPhone 5 worth £629 and Phones4U and Vodafone, in The Shambles, where he tried to buy a phone worth £579.95 and bluetooth ear piece valued at £14 respectively.
The court also heard how officers were out on patrol and were stopped by members of staff from Phones4U who said they needed to take Omileke’s card as they believed it was fraudulent.
They then found the two cards used were Mr Samuel Thompson and Mr Nigel Hersell, both fictitious accounts.
Omileke, who was cautioned last year for possession of an article used in fraud, was arrested but continually told officers his name was Samuel Thompson, before eventually owning up.
The iPhone 5 was recovered during the interview.
Chris Aggrey, defending solicitor, said: “He was broke, needed money and saw it as an opportunity. He was foolish and stupid and has blemished whatever he ends up doing in his career.
“He has ruined what he wants to go and do in the future because of these foolish actions.”
Omileke was ordered to pay court costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £60.