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Kendal man to be sentenced for theft and fraud crimes

Carlisle Crown Court

[A] MAN from Kendal has learned he could be jailed for committing theft and fraud crimes.

Steven James Braithwaite, 27, stole more than £5,000 from Graham Wilson during a six-month period last year. Braithwaite is said to have used a credit card belonging to Mr Wilson to obtain cash and buy items for himself.

He then dishonestly made a false representation to Barclays Bank, stating he was authorised to transfer £5,611.58 out of Mr Wilson’s bank account and into the victim’s credit card account to cover the earlier criminal costs.

Braithwaite admitted a theft charge earlier this year. Today (TUES) at Carlisle Crown Court he pleaded guilty to a second offence of fraud by false representation.

Kim Whittlestone, defending, said Braithwaite suffered from both mental health and general health difficulties. She asked for the case to be adjourned, enabling background information to be sought.

Recorder Philip Curran agreed, and announced that Braithwaite, of Well Ings, Kendal, would be sentenced on November 9.

He was granted bail, but Recorder Curran told him: “I am making it crystal clear to you that all options will be open to the court when you come back for sentence.

“These are serious matters.”

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