Glasgow & West Scotland

Credit card fraudsters Soham Emmanuel and Nouman Chaudhary sentenced

Two men who spent almost £7,000 with an OAP's credit card have been told to carry out 300 hours of unpaid work.

Soham Emmanuel, 21, from Glasgow, pled guilty to duping Catherine Black, 86, into handing over her card and PIN.

He also admitted fraudulently obtaining a Macbook, two iPads and other goods totalling £4,200 from Tesco stores.

Nouman Chaudhary, 20, also from Glasgow, admitted fraud charges, and charges of theft by taking money out using the card, totalling £2,659.

At Glasgow Sheriff Court, both men were told to carry out the unpaid work as part of a year-long community payback order.

Spending spree

The court heard how Mrs Black agreed to hand her card over after being contacted at her home in Clydebank, West Dunbartonshire.

On 26 June last year, Emmanuel went with another other man to collect the card at Mrs Black's home.

It was accepted by the Crown that he sat in a car and did not go to the door, but that he knew why he was there.

After obtaining the card, Emmanuel, from Drumchapel, went on a spending spree, buying a Macbook, two iPads and other goods from various Tesco stores.

The court heard that the following day, the card was passed to Chaudhary, from Pollokshields.

He also bought a number of goods, including two laptops and cigarettes, and withdrew cash using Mrs Black's card.

Both men were caught after Mrs Black spoke to a family member about what had happened.

The registration of the car used during Chaudhary's shopping trips was traced and both accused were found in the car along with "incriminating articles".

The court was told that the bank compensated Mrs Black for her loss but the unrecovered loss from both accused amounted to about £4,000.

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