Gift-card fraudsters bought £6,000 of goods in Westfield
A GROUP of shoppers used fraudulent gift cards to target outlets in Derby's Westfield shopping centre, buying goods totalling £6,000.
Police were called to the centre by Dorothy Perkins staff after they suspected two female customers of using cloned gift cards.
Westfield security staff tracked the suspects to the basement car park and directed officers there.
Four people – Michael Ogunwale, 22, Andrew Eric Obina, 23, Nicole Evans, 19, and Kelly Guimaraes, 18, – were arrested at the scene and later charged with fraud by false representation.
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Officers searched a Range Rover – which was seized – and found around £6,000 of goods including clothes and computer accessories.
Ogunwale, of Woodman Street, London, Evans, of Sullivan Road, London, and Guimaraes, of Buttermere Close, London, pleaded guilty to fraud by false representation at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates Court in November.
Obina, of Durham Road, London, denied the charge but was found guilty by a jury at Nottingham Crown Court.
The gift card had originally been purchased with a small amount charged to it and was then tampered with and had credit card details cloned on to it. All four will be sentenced on March 7.