Fareham woman punished for returning unpaid items to store

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A WOMAN was given a six-month community order after she was caught returning items to a supermarket for a refund, despite never buying them in the first place.

Tracey Conway, of Bishopsfield Road, Fareham, pleaded guilty to two counts of fraud by false representation at Fareham Magistrates Court on Wednesday.

The court heard that unemployed Conway committed the offences on September 17 and 20.

Her defence said the 48-year-old was in financial difficulties but she had been taking a Learn Direct course to better herself.

Chairwoman of the magistrates, Tina Over, ordered her to pay £22 compensation to Asda, gave her a six-month community order and ordered her to attend nine sessions of a behaviour programme.