A MAN who used a cloned credit card to pay for goods at a supermarket has been convicted and fined at Swords District Court.
Steven Mwale claimed it was his friend who gave him the pre-pay Mastercard and that he did not clone it.
Mwale of Lambourne Park in Donabate, Co Dublin pleaded guilty to theft and using a false instrument namely a fraudulent pre-paid credit card to pay for goods valued at €439.77 at Daybreak, Waterside in Malahide on December 22nd, 2012.
Judge Dermot Dempsey said he would consider striking out the theft charge if Mwale brings €440 to court in April to compensate the shop owner for the loss of the goods.
Garda Seamus McGrath gave evidence that on December 22nd, 2012 Mwale walked into Daybreak at Waterside in Malahide and paid for €439.77 worth of goods on the pre-pay credit card – which had no chip and pin so he signed for the goods after the card was swiped at the terminal.
He said he obtained a warrant and searched Mwale's house and discovered the cloned credit card.
He said 24-year-old Mwale, who has no previous convictions co-operated but said the credit card was not his.
“I never cloned the card. One of my friends had it and he never said anything to me. I know him for about four months,” Mwale, a sales assistant, said in court.
Judge Dempsey convicted and fined Mwale €400 and gave him until April to bring €440 to court as compensation to the shopowner.