Sunderland cheque bounce fraudster faces jail

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A CONMAN with 15 aliases has been warned he faces jail after bouncing cheques.

Anthony McAvoy cashed in a cheque for £850 at Cash Converters in Blanford Street, Sunderland, in July last year.

But after pocketing the money, he cancelled the cheque, which had been issued by his insurance company.

The 40-year-old, from Easington Lane, was collared by the money lender and agreed to pay the cash back in £15 instalments.

However, after six payments totalling £90 were made by direct debit, McAvoy contacted his bank to say the money had been taken without his permission, and it was returned to him.

In a almost identical fraud in April this year, McAvoy, of The Garth, cashed in a cheque for £1,680 at Ramsdens jeweller’s in Chester Road before reporting it lost so it was cancelled.

He was arrested after the second offence and pleaded guilty to two charges of fraud at Sunderland Magistrates’ Court, where the court heard there were 15 aliases on his record.

Keith Laidlaw, prosecuting, said the £90 was eventually paid back to Cash Converters, but the rest of the money was still outstanding.

Magistrates stood the case down for pre-sentence reports from the Probation Service, but warned McAvoy – who the court was told had financial difficulties, which led him to committing the crimes – they would look at all options, including prison.