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Trucker ordered to pay £1,600 for fuel card fraud

  • 18 November 2009
  • By Joanna Bourke

A West Midlands-based truck driver who stole £50-worth of fuel from his employer has been ordered to pay £1,600 after pleading guilty to fraud.

Wolverhampton Crown Court heard that 49-year-old Chenlair Bent from Brownhills, who was a truck driver for bed retailer Dreams, was caught on CCTV using the firm’s fuel card in a pre-planned operation.

On 9 February 2008, Bent drove into a BP garage in West Bromwich, a car pulled up beside him and he deposited two containers of petrol worth £50 into the vehicle, which then drove away. He filled his truck and then went to pay for it all (£648) on the company card.

Bent initially elected for a trial at Crown Court rather than Magistrates’ Court, however, on the day his trial was due to start, he pleaded guilty to fraud.

Judge Nicholas Webb said: “You pleaded guilty at the last possible moment and the cost to the taxpayer has been greatly increased because of that.”

Bent was fined £600 and ordered to pay court costs of £1,000.


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