A fraudster who conned two shops out of hundreds of pounds after he cashed false cheques has been ordered to pay out over £1,900 in compensation and costs.
Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard on Friday, October 23, how Said Mohamed Omar, 23, claimed he had been forced to cash the cheques in Chesterfield and Clay Cross for a group of males.
Prosecuting solicitor Becky Allsop said: “He went into Cash Generator in Chesterfield with a cheque for £814.44 and said it was for an employer.
“He provided his passport and a letter to confirm details but a correct address was not given.
“However, he was given cash and it was later when the bank received the cheque that it was discovered to have been fraudulent.
“On the same day, he went to the Cash and Cheque Shop, in Clay Cross, and did the same with the same details.”
Police carried out checks from Omar’s passport details, according to Mrs Allsop, and he was tracked down to an address in Coventry.
Omar told police he had committed the crimes to pay off a group of Zimbabweans who had picked him up and brought him to Derbyshire and provided him with documents to cash false cheques.
Mrs Allsop added that Omar revealed to police that after the two offences he handed over the cash to the Zimbabweans and was given £20.
Omar, of Springfield Road, Coventry, pleaded guilty to two counts of fraud after the incidents on June 27.
Defence solicitor David Gittins said: “He had become involved with a group of Zimbabwean males after he had a disagreement with someone linked to the group and these males said if you don’t do something for us we will harm you.
“He had felt that by acting for them it would get the matter off his back.”
The court heard how Omar, who is set to study aviation management at Birmingham University, has no previous convictions.
Magistrates gave Omar a two-year conditional discharge but warned that if he re-offends he will be re-sentenced for the frauds along with any new offences.
Omar was also ordered to pay £814.44 in compensation to each of the two affected shops, £85 costs, a £180 courts charge and a £15 victim surcharge.