Man gets fine for fraud at florists

Blackpool Magistrates Court
Blackpool Magistrates Court
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A MAN went into a florists to buy a funeral wreath and ended up committing fraud.

Anthony Raynor, 33, entered the florists on Highfield Road, South Shore, to inquire about prices.

But while he was there he removed a receipt from a bunch of flowers which were awaiting delivery.

Later Raynor, of Talbot Court, South Shore, rang the phone number on the receipt.

He tried to con the woman into giving him her debit card number saying he worked at the florists and she was due a rebate.

The woman became suspicious and rang the florists who said they had not contacted her.

CCTV showed Raynor in the shop. He admitted stealing the receipt and trying to use it to gain money.

Howard Green, defending, told Blackpool magistrates: “This was not a sophisticated fraud at all. He gave the woman two phone numbers – one was his own mobile and the other his mother’s landline. It was all very amateurish.”

Magistrates fined Raynor £110 and ordered him to pay £85 court costs.

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