Student used friends’ bank cards to go on shopping spree but made rookie error

A university student who used her friend's bank cards to go on a £1,600 shopping spree was caught after she made a rookie error.

Dopey Tatyana Jenkins, 24, was snared by police for a series of "unsophisticated frauds" that targeted her University of Worcester housemates.

Worcester Magistrates Court heard Jenkins befriended the group, who lived in shared accommodation, and sneakily stole their bank information from them.

She went on to order more than £1,600 worth of goods online between November 2016 and February 2017.

The court was told Jenkins made one fatal error however, which led police straight to her doorstep.

Police discovered all items had been ordered to Jenkins' home address in Willenhall, West Midlands, where her parents lived at the time.

Prosecuting, Mark Hambling, said: "This lady was studying and attending Worcester University.

"What we have here is a case of breach of trust in that this lady, at some point in time, has access to the cards – credit cards – of a number of people with whom she shares accommodation."

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Defending, Sunil Jagatia, asked Jenkins be given full credit for her early guilty pleas and stressed that she has not committed any offences since.

He said: “Why did she commit this offence? She said she really doesn’t have any excuse. She takes full responsibility for her actions.

"She simply says it was easy and she got carried away with it.

“She was never going to get away with it. It was always going to come back to her."

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Jenkins, who did not graduate from university, is back living with her parents.

The court was told she now has a job, working as a waitress and back house assistant but had been furloughed during the pandemic.

All victims have been paid back in full by the bank, so no compensation order was made, but Jenkins was fined a total of £840.

She was also ordered to pay costs of £135 and a victim surcharge of £84.

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