A Nigerian living in UK has been convicted of fraud having found guilty of using cloned credit card to pay for cosmetic surgery.
Thelma Idahosa (pictured) was guilty of fraud after it was established that the six credit cards she used to pay Harley Street Clinic and West One Clinic for the medical services the hospitals rendered her were forged.
The mother-of-two who hails from Benin, the Edo State Capital was at the hospital to do liposuction, and remove fats from her lip, stomach, arms, thighs, and ‘love handles’. She also did skin-tightening.
Having enjoyed the medical services, it was later found out that the credit cards details Idahosa used to procure the services were ‘stolen’.
She spent £4,000 at the Harley Street Skin Clinic and then purchased £4,500 worth of treatment at the West One Clinic – where she even demanded a £1,000 refund after only three litres of fat was removed instead of six she asked for.
Prosecutor Mr. Arizuna Asante told the court on Friday: ‘Other people’s identity came into play when the cards were preferred for payment. This was fraudulent from the outset and consisted of multiple frauds.’
Idahosa was seven months into a two-year suspended sentence when she committed the frauds in May and June, 2012.
Recorder Michael Wood QC told the mother-of-two: ‘You really should be going to prison.
‘There is only one reason you are not and that is because you have a relatively young child.
‘A sentence of imprisonment that would amount to weeks or months is outweighed by your child’s rights.
‘However, you can’t hide behind your children forever and if you commit an offence within the next two years you will go to prison whether you have a babe in arms or are pregnant.’
Idahosa was almost certainly told the same thing when receiving her original suspended sentence seven months before the frauds.
She received six months imprisonment, suspended for two years, was placed on a two-year supervision order and was told she must also complete 150 hours community service work.
‘You are a very, very lucky woman,’ Recorder Wood told Idahosa.
Source: Daily Mail