Mum avoids jail term for fraud charge

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - UK & World Update -

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.”

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