Portarlington woman used friend's card without permission to make €500 purchase

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Portarlington woman used friend's card without permission to make €500 purchase

Portarlington woman used friend's card without permission to make €500 purchase

The case of a Portarlington woman who used her friend’s bank card without permission to order close to €500 of groceries online, and also withdrew money from the friend’s Credit Union account, has been adjourned to establish whether she has paid full compensation.

Jennifer Lacey, Park Avenue, Link Road, Portarlington, first appeared before Portlaoise District Court in January charged with a number of thefts, and a number of charges involving the use of a false signature to make gain.

The offences covered dates between October 2016 and March 2017.

Inspector Ger Glavin gave evidence that the accused made seven purchases for groceries online, using a friend’s card without permission.

The total loss was €485.25 and Insp Glavin said this had not been paid back.

The accused also entered Portarlington Credit Union and withdrew cash belonging to someone else to a value of €600.

She tried to withdraw more money on a later date, but the injured party noticed and the accused was arrested. She had no previous convictions.

Judge Catherine Staines put the matter back to June 7 for all the money to be paid. When the case returned to court in June, defence, Mr Gerry Meagher said that the money owed to the credit union had now been reduced to €360, and of the money owed to the supermarket the accused had €200 in court.

The matter was then put back to September 6. When the case returned to court last week, defence, Mr Philip Meagher said that the debt had been cleared and all money paid.

However, Sgt JJ Kirby said the gardaí did not have any note of this. The case was adjourned to Thursday, September 13.