Romanian fraudster is jailed

PUBLISHED: 12:25 27 April 2006 | UPDATED: 10:03 06 May 2010

A ROMANIAN who used two different forged Norwegian passports to fraudulently obtain cash from The Money Shop in Stevenage has been jailed for 16 months. Bogdan Fetoiu, 21, got away with it the first time, Luton Crown Court was told, but when he went back

A ROMANIAN who used two different forged Norwegian passports to fraudulently obtain cash from The Money Shop in Stevenage has been jailed for 16 months.

Bogdan Fetoiu, 21, got away with it the first time, Luton Crown Court was told, but when he went back five days later an assistant became suspicious.

She checked back through old receipts and realised it was the same person using different names and alerted police.

Prosecutor Colin Banham said that on February 13 Fetoiu went to the shop in Market Place to collect £1,615 that had been sent via the Money Union from America.

He had a passport in the name of the recipient and was also in possession of a 10 digit code which was authorisation for the collection.

Five days later he was trying to collect £1,315 in a different name, again with the correct code.

When he was searched he also had on him a forged Italian identity document.

He later told police that he had been told what to do and provided with the necessary documents and information by another man. He was to be paid five per cent the first time and £100 the second.

Daniel Higgins, defending, said: "He came to this country at the beginning of the year and was working as a plasterer. But the man he got work through would charge him for accommodation and travel and it was the same man who provided the fake passports and told him what to do.

"He will probably be sent home at the end of his sentence."

Fetoiu, of no settled address, pleaded guilty to two charges of possessing false instruments with intent.

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