Lucan woman pleads guilty to deception with credit card

Lucan woman pleads guilty to deception with credit card

By Brendan Grehan

A WOMAN who used another’s credit card to renew her motor tax and purchase goods, leaving the injured party out of pocket by over €1,700, was remanded by Blanchards-town Court for proposals for compensation and sentencing.

Denise McGrath, aged 36, with an address at Drom Na Coille Avenue, Lucan, pleaded guilty to deception by getting Outdoor Sports, Harbour Place Shopping Centre, Mullingar, to accept an online order for clothing and footwear worth €619.94 on July 28, 2016.

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She also pleaded guilty to deception by getting Charles Camping, Blessington, to accept an order for goods worth €738.95 on a date between July 26, 2016 and August 1, 2016.

McGrath also pleaded guilty to deception to getting the Motor tax office to apply an online motor tax renewal and to possession of a stolen motor tax disc at her home address both on a date between July 26, 2016 and August 1, 2016.

The presenting sergeant told Judge David McHugh that the DPP had directed summary disposal only on a plea of guilty. 

She said McGrath used another person’s credit card to purchase goods online from Charles Camping.

The goods were supposed to be delivered to the cardholder’s address in north county Dublin but were redirected to Ms McGrath’s home address.

The sergeant said it transpired that McGrath had made other transactions with the card including purchasing clothing and footwear worth €619 and renewing her motor tax.

Judge McHugh asked if the monies had been repaid.

The case went to second calling.

When the case was recalled, the sergeant said the total amount was €1,710 and it had not been repaid.

She said McGrath had 10 previous convictions, all for road traffic offences and all from 2010.

McGrath’s counsel, Alan Delany Bl, said his client was a single mother with five children.

He said McGrath had been struggling financially and had been spending time “in the company of the wrong sort of people”.

Judge McHugh commented: “It’s a bit late for that. She is 36. I don’t want to be smart. The testimonial I want is €1,700 for the injured party.”

Judge McHugh remanded McGrath for four weeks for proposals for payment of compensation and for sentencing.