No jail for credit card fraudster

A CHEF who needed to pay for his mother’s cancer treatment in France tried to trick a number of city businesses into selling him goods worth thousands, a court has heard.

French Algerian Abdelghani Benchikh, 36, was ordered to carry out 150 hours community service at Edinburgh Sheriff Court yesterday.

He had borrowed more than £4000 from a London loanshark to fund the operation his mother needed, but struggled to pay it back.

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In August, police found Benchikh in possession of five fraudulent credit cards.

Over three days he had bought, or attempted to buy, £3,000 worth of computers and jewellery from city retailers using fake cards. One became suspicious and called police.

The court impose a non-custodial sentence on Benchikh as he had spent six months on remand.