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Young mother jailed for pounds 14,000 credit card fraud.


A YOUNG mother was jailed yesterday for running up more than pounds 14,000 worth of credit card and mail order bills using her unsuspecting landlady's name and address.

Bethanie Jackson, 23, of Ammanford, successfully applied for credit cards and ordered goods on credit from companies such as Gratton and Littlewoods. She pleaded guilty to 15 offences of dishonesty after being arrested last August.

At Swansea Crown Court yesterday the mother of two wept as she was led away to begin a nine-month jail sentence imposed by Recorder Nicolas Parry.

The court was told that after being appearing in court for an unspecified offence at Llanelli Magistrates Court last year, Jackson's two children, aged two-and-a-half and five, became the subject of inquiries by social workers and were taken into care.

She was told to find accommodation suitable for the children and to get a new car as the one she had was deemed unfit.

The court was told yesterday this led her to rent accommodation at Heol y Gors in Cwmgors, Ammanford, from where she began making applications for credit cards either by mail, telephone or on the internet.

Some of the cards were used to pay for Christmas presents for her children, who were returned to her.

The court heard that 21-year-old Anna-Marie Colwill, an office worker by day and bar worker at night, who came to live at the address a few months after the deception began, also started using some of the credit cards obtained by Jackson.

Yesterday, the Recorder imposed a 200-hour community service order on Colwill who admitted 10 offences of dishonesty and ordered her to repay the estimated pounds 2,000 she gained in goods and services at the rate of pounds 20 per week.

He accepted that Colwill, the mother of a three-year-old child she is currently attempting to get custody of, was in no way the instigator of the offences and said she merely succumbed to temptation.
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Nov 6, 2001
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