Man used former landlord’s identity to get false loan

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A MAN who used the details of a generous homeowner to set up a fradulent loan account has been given six months to raise enough money to pay back.

Ashley Gledhill, 25, was allowed to stay, rent-free, for four months at a home of a man who was suffering from depression.

Several months after he left the home, the householder, who by then had moved to another address, received a letter from a credit management company saying he owed £550.

Gledhill, of Norman Road, Birkby, Huddersfield, was suspected of being responsible for loan and inquiries revealed in October 2009 he had used the householder’s name, address and details to set up an account at the Money Shop in Halifax town centre.

Gledhill admitted two charges of fraud and Recorder David Bradshaw said he would defer sentence on him for six months.

The judge said he was going to keep an eye on Gledhill and told him to keep working, keep out of trouble and keep away from any drugs.

‘’When you come back in six months time I expect you to have £550 ready to repay back to the loan company,’’ said Recorder Bradshaw.

The judge said the offences were mean and involved taking advantage of someone who had helped him and given him a roof over his head.

Gledhill was told if he complied with the terms of the deferred sentence the judge would consider an alternative sentence to prison in June next year.