Mum avoids jail term for fraud charge
A CITY mother narrowly avoided a jail term after trying to withdraw £180 from cash machines using a stolen credit card.
Adele Machin (32), of Wootton Avenue, Fletton, appeared at Peterborough Magistrates’ Court yesterday after pleading guilty to two counts of fraud and one of handling stolen goods at a previous hearing.
The court heard she had been given the card by an associate on April 11 and told to get rid of it.
However, she went to use it at a machine in High Street, Fletton, but after two attempts to withdraw money without the PIN, she gave up.
The court was told that Machin was now looking after her two children who, after a spell away from their mother, had been making good progress at school.
Judge Ken Goldspring gave Machin a four–month sentence for each offence, all suspended for one year, plus a curfew between 8pm and 7am. She was ordered to take part in a drug rehabilitation order. He said: “There is nothing I have heard to suggest that this was not pre-planned.
“However, I am persuaded not to send you to prison, having been told about the progress your children have made.”