Canning Town fraudster faces jail

A restaurant worker who used a customer’s bank details to spend more than �4,000 on billiards equipment and to fuel his addiction to crystal meth was warned he faces jail.

Areen Adriano, a 26- year-old floor assistant for Robata Restaurants Ltd, carried out the scam on Martin Bloom.

Between November 25 and December 4 last year he bought pool cues and other goods worth �4,227.16 from Billiards Boutique and �959.98 of goods from Argos. He also applied for an extra American Express card and a personal loan from HBOS Plc.

Adriano appeared at the Old Bailey to plead guilty to fraud by abuse of position and eight counts of fraud by false representation.


Four other counts of fraud by false representation relating to the purchase of �1,016.64 from Apple, an application for a personal loan from Santander, an application for a credit card from MBNA Europe Bank Ltd and purchases from Littlewoods.

The Common Serjeant of London, Brian Barker QC, granted him conditional bail while a pre-sentence report is prepared by the probation service. He added: “That is absolutely no indication of what will happen when he re-appears.”

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Adriano, of Wren Close, Canning Town, will be sentenced on November 5.