Man who sold mobile phone to King's Lynn shop admits fraud
A Fakenham man who sold an iPhone 7 while it was still under contract to O2 was trying to raise enough money to declare himself bankrupt.
Game in Lynn bought the handset from David John Nelson in March 2017, prosecutor Jane Walker told Lynn magistrates on Monday.
She added: “Checks were carried out at the time and there didn’t appear to be anything wrong.”
However, when a customer who bought the phone returned it as faulty, further checks were made and it had been reported stolen. Nelson, of Sandy Lane, was traced and told police he had sold the phone to get money.
“It still technically belonged to the phone provider,” said Miss Walker.
“The defendant had no right to sell the phone in the first place.”
Nelson said he had taken out two contracts and sold one iPhone to Game in Norwich and the other to the Lynn branch.
Miss Walker said Nelson told police that he had debts of £4,000 and wanted to use £680 of the £800 he had made to declare himself bankrupt.
Nelson, 24, pleaded guilty to one count of fraud by false representation.
In mitigation, Jeff Lewis said his client had never been in trouble before and did intend to make himself bankrupt.
“He fell on hard times when he got the wrong side of credit card debt,” Mr Lewis added.
Nelson was given a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £425 compensation.