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Thursday, 24 April 2014

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Porter at Penrith hotel found guilty of fraud

A HOTEL porter with access to customer details used a guest’s debit card to buy tinted windows for his car.

Mark Andrew Southwell was working an overnight shift in the George Hotel in Penrith in February where he had unsupervised access to customer card details.

On February 17 guest Anne Bartle checked out and when she returned home found a large package containing window tint film and an applicator.

The company who distributed the parcel, speeding.co.uk, said they had sent the parcel to the card holder who bought it, rather than the other address given, which was an address used by staff at the hotel.

Appearing before Penrith magistrates on Wednesday, the 26-year-old, who now lives with his parents in March in Cambridgeshire, admitted committing fraud by false representation.

Geyve Walker, defending, said Southwell had been going through a difficult period after seeing his hours at work reduced and losing his girlfriend when he committed the offence.

He lost his job as soon as his employers found out.

Sentencing, district judge Gerald Chalk said: “It is a remarkably foolish piece of behaviour, both dishonest and a breach of trust of your employer.” He was fined £125 with £43 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

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