Peeling reduced labels from cheaper items and placing them on meat has landed a Grantham man with a conviction for fraud.
Mark Hadaway, of no fixed abode, admitted the fraud by false representation charge at Grantham Magistrates’ Court on Monday.
The bench heard how he placed the labels on gammon and beef joints at Asda in Grantham on December 3, before going to a self-service check-out. Had he got away with it, Hadaway would have paid just £1.44 for meat worth £24.50.
He was stopped on his way out of the store by security staff who had seen his antics.
Julian Sheen, defending, told magistrates that Hadaway had intended to sell the meat to make some money as he had been in a difficult financial position for a number of weeks.
Mr Sheen added: “That’s now been relieved and hopefully he’s not going to succumb to that temptation again.”
The court heard how Hadaway, 41, has been convicted 11 times for 21 offences between 1991 and 2012, and was last before the courts in June 2012.
After hearing from the Probation Service on Hadaway’s community order progress, magistrates handed him a nine-month conditional discharge. They also told him to pay £85 court costs and a £15 victim surcharge.