Desperate mum’s fraudulent mail order

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A Forest Town woman has admitted using her landlady’s identity to order household goods from a catalogue.

Mansfield magistrates were told how Debra Timms (32), of Newlands Drive, intercepted mail and used the details to buy t-shirts, a hoover and a bed set worth £389.70.

Chris Lacey, defending, said: “Miss Timms accepts she had the items but did not open any other correspondence and she realises it was entirely inappropriate.”

Mr Lacey said Timms had six children subject to care proceedings and had to move out of her partner’s address.

He added: “So, when she got this new property there was an element of ‘right, we need to furnish it.’”

Timms was given a conditional discharge and made to pay a £15 victim surcharge.