Dad-to-be orders £6,500 of goods in landlord’s name

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A tenant ran up thousands of pounds worth of debt in his landlord’s name after being refused credit.

Nicholas Todd, 26 was living in Blairgowie Close, Grantham, when he started ordering £6,500 worth of clothes and household goods from catalogues between June and September last year.

He admitted seven cases of fraud by false representation and asked for nine more to be taken into consideration.

His landlord’s mother discovered the fraud when she found numerous items of post referring to catalogue accounts in her son’s name, after Todd had left the premises.

When Todd and his partner were told to leave the property they moved to Bottesford and he again used false names to run up debt with catalogues.

At the time Todd said his partner knew nothing about the fraud but after they split up he changed his story.

Marie Stace, prosecuting, said: “He had previously taken the wrap for his partner as he was in a relationship and she was pregnant. Since he said she had taken out some lines of credit.”

Todd, who regrets his actions, claimed to be in severe financial difficulty at the time of the offences. He was living with his partner who was expecting their first child, he said he felt pressure to provide for his family.

The case was adjourned until January 14 while full reports are prepared by the probation service. Todd was released on unconditional bail.