Mother blamed €4,800 Brown Thomas splurge on card thieves
A nail salon owner who went on a €4,800 spending spree in a Dublin department store later reported her credit card stolen and claimed thieves had bought the goods.
Stacy Gilmour (42) had lost her purse and was "under pressure" when she carried out the fraud at Brown Thomas, a court heard.
Gilmour, a mother-of-one, of Cressland Drive, Glasgow, Scotland, pleaded guilty to deception last March 18.
Judge Michael Walsh jailed her for six months.
Dublin District Court heard that Gilmour went to Brown Thomas on Grafton Street and bought clothes and other goods to the value of €4,825.
She then reported her credit card stolen and maintained that the transaction had been carried out by thieves.
However, Gilmour was later identified and arrested.
She made full admissions and her reply after caution at Pearse Street Garda Station was: "I'm really, really sorry."
Gilmour had repaid the money to Brown Thomas days before her court case.
She had been shopping and lost her purse, her lawyer said. She was "under a lot of pressure at the time" and was suffering from anxiety and depression.
Gilmour was very co-operative with gardai, repaid the money as soon as possible and was very remorseful.
The court heard the accused had one previous conviction, but it related to an offence that had happened since the Brown Thomas deception.
Judge Walsh said the last time Gilmour was convicted, a week earlier, he heard "heartfelt mitigation" that she was in Ireland visiting sick relatives, she had no prior record at that stage and it was a "once off".
He was "amazed" to now find another offence going back to St Patrick's Day.
Judge Walsh imposed a prison sentence, saying he had considered the alternatives.
Gilmour became upset and said: "Your honour, can I speak?"
"No, you can't speak," the judge said. "Take her down, please."
Judge Walsh later set bail terms in the event of an appeal at €2,000, half of which is to be lodged in cash.
The court heard Gilmour had started up her own nail salon business, but it was in its early stages.