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Man charged in 10k fraud case
A MAN has appeared at court accused of fraud and theft amounting to almost £10,000 across the Vale and Cotswolds.
Mark Bainbridge faced 15 charges of fraud by false representation, one charge of theft from a shop and one charge of making off without payment when he appeared before Worcester magistrates.
The crimes were alleged to have been committed in towns including Pershore, Evesham, Stow, Moreton and Malvern last year.
The 33-year-old was remanded in custody ahead of his next appearance at Worcester Crown Court on September 17.
Bainbridge is accused of handing over fraudulent cheques worth a total of £1,496 to Ezee PCs in Pershore on March 14 and 15, failing to pay for goods worth £868 by BACS transfer in Broadway between February 14 and March 8, handing over a fraudulent cheque in Malvern on August 18 as payment for goods worth £450, and failing to transfer £1,020 in Broadway on March 10 as payment for goods.
The defendant also allegedly used fraudulent cheques to pay Simply Light in Evesham for goods worth £93.20 on July 26, to pay Mickleton Laundry for services worth £18.32 on August 1 and to pay Durham House Antiques in Stow for goods worth £495 on August 11.
Bainbridge is further accused of using fraudulent cheques to pay for goods worth £699 at Haynes, Hanson and Clark in Stow, to pay Gail Hurt for goods worth £315 in Moreton on August 15 and to pay £291 in Moreton on August 15.
He is alleged to have used fraudulent cheques to pay Stratford Limes Hotel £200 on August 10, Compleat Cookshop in Cirencester £291 on August 19, Roger Edwards £4,095 in Stoke-on-Trent on April 14, and Outwear in Oxford £595 on August 16.
The theft of rugs worth £2,451 from Alain Rouveure Galleries near Moreton on March 2 last year and making off from the Mount Pleasant Hotel in Malvern without paying for services worth £394.10 between March 18 and March 20, 2012, were two more charges put to him. Bainbridge, of Wharfside Street, Birmingham, was remanded in custody.