Search

UEL student escapes jail over fake credit card

13:25 31 January 2013

An architecture student who tried to buy more than £3,000 of designer clothing and accessories with a fake credit card escaped jail today.

University of East London (UEL) student Richard Quitaleg, 23, of Claughton Road, Plaistow, tried to dupe staff at luxury store Louis Vuitton, in New Bond Street, with a counterfeit American Express card and a bogus Californian driving licence.

He tried to buy clothing and a bag worth £3,005 in July last year.

Speaking at Southwark Crown Court, prosecutor Gavin Ludlow-Thompson said the shop assistant became suspicious after the American Express card was declined.

He said: “The defendant was found to have another fraudulent credit card and in an interview which followed made a full and frank admission as to his liability for the offences.”

Tim Williams, defending, said the student had been approached at his university by “people who offered him the card and offered him a cut of the proceeds from this”.

He said: “He perhaps agrees with me this is the most stupid thing he’s ever done.”

Sentencing Quitaleg to six months in jail, suspended for 18 months, and ordering him to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work, Judge Anthony Pitts said: “You’re 23-years-old, obviously a bright and talented young man with a good career opening up in front of you.

“It is very surprising to see someone of your background and calibre committing what are serious offences.”

Quitaleg admitted fraud and possession of an identity document with improper intent.

Latest Newham News Stories

09:00
Ceila Hammond receiving a donation of £500 from Petplan's Mykela Hamilton

The Ceila Hammond Animal Trust has won £500 to expand their accommodation for abandoned cats.

Yesterday, 17:00
Phillip Cranwell and Gillian DuCharme with Forest Gate Community School students

Back in 1997, headteacher Gillian DuCharme traded a Kent boarding school that counts Princess Anne among its alumni for an east London comprehensive for a BBC documentary.

BBC
Yesterday, 12:00
Former house of Will Thorne, MP and trade unionist in Lawrence Road, Upton Park

A century and a half ago, English Heritage began its blue plaque scheme to endorse “British innovation, creativity and success throughout history”.

Robin
Fri, 18:15
Newham Council said the rates had not increased for five years

Business owners have warned that hundreds of jobs could be lost after a “diabolical” rise in unit costs.

Newham Council

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Competitions

Win a BMW 1 series

There are fewer cars currently on the market more stylish and exciting than the BMW. Known all over the world as one of the best car manufacturers, the BMW is renowned for sleek designs and fantastic high quality workmanship.

Read more
Kindle 7 inch tablet

Are you looking for a brand new gadget to help you stay connected on the go and make that long journey home a bit more entertaining? Look no further. MyOffers is giving you the chance to win 1 of 50 Kindle Fire 7” Display Tablets! That’s 50 times more chances to win, so hurry up and enter our competition today and you could be one of our lucky winners!

Read more

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Newham Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe