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'Mickey Mouse' passport fraudster

PUBLISHED: 17:12 10 December 2008 | UPDATED: 11:02 12 August 2010

A DUD passport used in a bid to cheat a bank out of £20,000 was so amateur it didn t stand a chance of fooling staff, a court heard on Monday. Warren Thomas, 30, of Axiom Avenue, Peterborough, attempted to withdraw cash from Nationwide in Beckenham on Se

A DUD passport used in a bid to cheat a bank out of £20,000 was so amateur it didn't stand a chance of fooling staff, a court heard on Monday.

Warren Thomas, 30, of Axiom Avenue, Peterborough, attempted to withdraw cash from Nationwide in Beckenham on September 11 using a fake passport. He gave two telephone numbers to support his application but a suspicious clerk rang one of them and found that the person at the other end knew nothing about it.

He was asked to return in half-an-hour which he did and he was promptly arrested.

Defending James Sutherland said the passport was a 'Mickey Mouse' one and poorly made.

The court heard Thomas had got into debt trying to improve himself in the world of computers and he had tried to raise money but failed so, in desperation, he got involved in the passport scam.

Thomas was given an eight month sentence suspended for two years at Croydon Crown Court after he pleaded guilty to two fraud charges.

He was also ordered by Recorder Owen Davies QC to carry out 100 hours unpaid work and will be subject to a 12 month supervision order.

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