Fraudster jailed after finding a way to top-up mobile phones without PAYING

March 13, 2014 | by | 0 Comments

A man who tricked phone companies out of more than £500,000 after he found a way to top up mobile phone sim cards without paying has been jailed.

Damian Cornish, 27, pleaded guilty to fraudulent trading and admitted he had found a way to top up sim cards without providing payment.

Bristol Crown Court heard he originally fleeced Reading-based Hutchinson 3G just for himself, but he soon started selling the “dirty” sim cards to customers on eBay.

Cornish, from Bristol, pocketed more than £40,000 from the scheme which the judge described as “sophisticated”.

Julian Howells, prosecuting, said: “It transpired that a way had been found of bypassing payment online.

“Topped-up sims were being obtained without payment. It was a large scale matter and the total value was £500,000.”

Sentencing him to 12 months behind bars, Recorder Adrian Palmer QC said: “It was developed by you into a sophisticated scheme.

“It is not a matter which the court can overlook.”

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