Man jailed for carrying out fraud in Oban

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A man has been jailed for six months for fraud after using someone else’s debit card to book accommodation in Oban.

Harvesh Bhundoy, of no fixed abode, was give three six-month sentences, which will run concurrently, when he appeared in Oban Sheriff Court on Tuesday August 27.

He admitted to using the card on August 12 to book into a hotel in Oban under a different name and using the room to the value of £125.

On August 13, he then booked into a guest house in Oban for six nights, to the value of £416.50.

He also owned up to telling police his last name was Bhundun, as well as giving an altered date of birth.

Procurator fiscal Eoin McGinty told the court that the victim used his card in Oban before returning to Singapore.

Some days later, the owner of the card viewed his transactions and contacted the hotel and guest house in Oban and stated he did not authorise the payments.

The guest house owner then contacted the police in relation to possible fraud.

On August 19, police entered the guest house and the male and female were still there. After fingerprinting Bhundoy, police unearthed his true identity.

Bhundoy’s solicitor told the court that he wanted to repay the money but, given his record, Sheriff Simon Fraser said he was left with no alternative but a custodial sentence.

Sheriff Fraser gave Bhundoy a six-month sentence for each of his charges to run concurrently.