Tesco con: Newport fraudster to return £3k

A NEWPORT man must pay £3,000 in compensation to supermarket giant Tesco after pleading guilty to dishonestly receiving stolen savings stamps and using them to buy goods.

Terence Phillips, of Woodside, Duffryn, was offered the stolen stamps last year by a colleague, while working for Taffs Well-based courier firm City Link The company delivered the stamps under contract with Tesco, and the latter launched an inquiry last year after noting a significant rise in South Wales in the use of the stamps to pay for goods.

That inquiry traced their use back to Mr Phillips, involving a total of £3,428 between February 19 and May 29 last year, and also revealed that he was a City Link employee. He was arrested last month (DEC).

It had previously been discovered that another City Link employee had been charged with theft involving more than £6,000 of savings stamps, an offence for which he received a suspended prison sentence last August.

Newport magistrates heard that Phillips initially denied any knowledge of the matter until shown Tesco’s findings.

He then told police he had been given the savings stamps by a City Link employee, though he did not name him.

The unusual spending ended when Phillips left City Link last May.

He pleaded guilty to receiving stolen goods, and to committing fraud by false representation under the Fraud Act 2006.

He accepted he had received £3,000 in stolen vouchers but disputed the remaining £428 in the charge as he and his wife collected stamps themselves and used those to buy items.

When asked by police during interview why he had taken the stamps, he said that being offered them was “like giving a dog a juicy bone”.

The court was told that his offences were acts of stupidity. He said he had used the stamps to buy fuel to get to and from work.

In addition to having to pay back £3,000, Phillips was given a 12-month community order, involving being tagged and observing a curfew from 8pm-8am for six months.

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7:23am Wed 8 Jan 14

arjwain says...

atleast Tesco get there money back .i see many cases were your average Joe ,gets nothing back .the criminal gets community service or a free holiday .but no mention having to pay there victim back .
what they take if caught they should pay back , even out of there benefits .
atleast Tesco get there money back .i see many cases were your average Joe ,gets nothing back .the criminal gets community service or a free holiday .but no mention having to pay there victim back . what they take if caught they should pay back , even out of there benefits . arjwain
  • Score: 17

7:48am Wed 8 Jan 14

Mr G Went says...

arjwain - Dont see why you feel someone should have to pay it out of their benefits, in reality that means that your average working man/woman is paying it for them. Make them work it off, plenty of trolley duties at Tesco.
arjwain - Dont see why you feel someone should have to pay it out of their benefits, in reality that means that your average working man/woman is paying it for them. Make them work it off, plenty of trolley duties at Tesco. Mr G Went
  • Score: 21

8:10am Wed 8 Jan 14

arjwain says...

Mr G Went wrote:
arjwain - Dont see why you feel someone should have to pay it out of their benefits, in reality that means that your average working man/woman is paying it for them. Make them work it off, plenty of trolley duties at Tesco.
i agree ,, but having it taken out of there free benefits they will personally suffer losing out on £10 or £20 from there benefits .
of course the victim should be paid up front so they do not have to be paid in installments .
i would personally make everyone work for there benefits . there seems to be 100's of thousands of jobs out there .
[quote][p][bold]Mr G Went[/bold] wrote: arjwain - Dont see why you feel someone should have to pay it out of their benefits, in reality that means that your average working man/woman is paying it for them. Make them work it off, plenty of trolley duties at Tesco.[/p][/quote]i agree ,, but having it taken out of there free benefits they will personally suffer losing out on £10 or £20 from there benefits . of course the victim should be paid up front so they do not have to be paid in installments . i would personally make everyone work for there benefits . there seems to be 100's of thousands of jobs out there . arjwain
  • Score: 12

8:43am Wed 8 Jan 14

rightsideup says...

arjwain wrote:
atleast Tesco get there money back .i see many cases were your average Joe ,gets nothing back .the criminal gets community service or a free holiday .but no mention having to pay there victim back .
what they take if caught they should pay back , even out of there benefits .
I think they get 'their' money back?...............
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[quote][p][bold]arjwain[/bold] wrote: atleast Tesco get there money back .i see many cases were your average Joe ,gets nothing back .the criminal gets community service or a free holiday .but no mention having to pay there victim back . what they take if caught they should pay back , even out of there benefits .[/p][/quote]I think they get 'their' money back?............... ................... rightsideup
  • Score: 10

10:49am Wed 8 Jan 14

snafu1 says...

Working class crime, when money involved is always treated more harshly ,why aren,t the banksters treated the same?
Working class crime, when money involved is always treated more harshly ,why aren,t the banksters treated the same? snafu1
  • Score: 2

1:51pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Cymru Am Beth says...

snafu1 wrote:
Working class crime, when money involved is always treated more harshly ,why aren,t the banksters treated the same?
'Two wrongs don't make a right'.
[quote][p][bold]snafu1[/bold] wrote: Working class crime, when money involved is always treated more harshly ,why aren,t the banksters treated the same?[/p][/quote]'Two wrongs don't make a right'. Cymru Am Beth
  • Score: 0

2:04pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Bobevans says...

Off Topic but there are reports of a stabbing at Tesco Express in Pontypridd. The police and an Air ambulance are in attendance. No further info at present
Off Topic but there are reports of a stabbing at Tesco Express in Pontypridd. The police and an Air ambulance are in attendance. No further info at present Bobevans
  • Score: -2

3:39pm Wed 8 Jan 14

arjwain says...

rightsideup wrote:
arjwain wrote:
atleast Tesco get there money back .i see many cases were your average Joe ,gets nothing back .the criminal gets community service or a free holiday .but no mention having to pay there victim back .
what they take if caught they should pay back , even out of there benefits .
I think they get 'their' money back?...............

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not always ,ive watched many victims of crimes programs .
its always the victim that come off worse in this country .
its more a case of just biting the bullet .
either there underage . homeless .
even uninsured drivers . they hit you . you pay even if fully insured ::
come to renew your insurance its shot up .
[quote][p][bold]rightsideup[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]arjwain[/bold] wrote: atleast Tesco get there money back .i see many cases were your average Joe ,gets nothing back .the criminal gets community service or a free holiday .but no mention having to pay there victim back . what they take if caught they should pay back , even out of there benefits .[/p][/quote]I think they get 'their' money back?............... ...................[/p][/quote]not always ,ive watched many victims of crimes programs . its always the victim that come off worse in this country . its more a case of just biting the bullet . either there underage . homeless . even uninsured drivers . they hit you . you pay even if fully insured :: come to renew your insurance its shot up . arjwain
  • Score: 1

4:17pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Bobevans says...

arjwain wrote:
rightsideup wrote:
arjwain wrote:
atleast Tesco get there money back .i see many cases were your average Joe ,gets nothing back .the criminal gets community service or a free holiday .but no mention having to pay there victim back .
what they take if caught they should pay back , even out of there benefits .
I think they get 'their' money back?...............


...................
not always ,ive watched many victims of crimes programs .
its always the victim that come off worse in this country .
its more a case of just biting the bullet .
either there underage . homeless .
even uninsured drivers . they hit you . you pay even if fully insured ::
come to renew your insurance its shot up .
There is a good case for including basic third party insurance in the fuel price. It would do away with the problem of uninsured drivers
[quote][p][bold]arjwain[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]rightsideup[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]arjwain[/bold] wrote: atleast Tesco get there money back .i see many cases were your average Joe ,gets nothing back .the criminal gets community service or a free holiday .but no mention having to pay there victim back . what they take if caught they should pay back , even out of there benefits .[/p][/quote]I think they get 'their' money back?............... ...................[/p][/quote]not always ,ive watched many victims of crimes programs . its always the victim that come off worse in this country . its more a case of just biting the bullet . either there underage . homeless . even uninsured drivers . they hit you . you pay even if fully insured :: come to renew your insurance its shot up .[/p][/quote]There is a good case for including basic third party insurance in the fuel price. It would do away with the problem of uninsured drivers Bobevans
  • Score: 0

8:41pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Monmouthshire Merlin says...

Curfew for 6 months. Might deserve it, but this is not a sentence the court would order. If he was sentenced to six months custody, likely he would, with good behaviour , be out in 6 - 9 weeks!
Come on court reporter are you Looking for a job with 'The Sun'. We expect sensationalism from that rag.
Also your report about the TA soldier and his ferret 6 months unpaid work!
Again, some might think he deserves it,but again not an order the court would make.
Please listen more carefully and report fact .
Curfew for 6 months. Might deserve it, but this is not a sentence the court would order. If he was sentenced to six months custody, likely he would, with good behaviour , be out in 6 - 9 weeks! Come on court reporter are you Looking for a job with 'The Sun'. We expect sensationalism from that rag. Also your report about the TA soldier and his ferret 6 months unpaid work! Again, some might think he deserves it,but again not an order the court would make. Please listen more carefully and report fact . Monmouthshire Merlin
  • Score: 1

11:08am Thu 9 Jan 14

Lliswerry Man says...

arjwain wrote:
atleast Tesco get there money back .i see many cases were your average Joe ,gets nothing back .the criminal gets community service or a free holiday .but no mention having to pay there victim back .
what they take if caught they should pay back , even out of there benefits .
arjwain, Get back off your political soapbox, "Even out of their benefits", HAS nothing to do with the story, of working men stealing from their employer
[quote][p][bold]arjwain[/bold] wrote: atleast Tesco get there money back .i see many cases were your average Joe ,gets nothing back .the criminal gets community service or a free holiday .but no mention having to pay there victim back . what they take if caught they should pay back , even out of there benefits .[/p][/quote]arjwain, Get back off your political soapbox, "Even out of their benefits", HAS nothing to do with the story, of working men stealing from their employer Lliswerry Man
  • Score: -1

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