A FRAUDSTER who forged cheques to buy takeaway food escaped jail yesterday.
Luke Jennings, of Lidgate Gardens, Batley Carr, acquired a stolen cheque book from a house in Golcar.
Huddersfield magistrates were told that although he denied stealing Louise Overton’s cheque book, he wrote out four cheques during the time that he had it.
Of those, he wrote two to himself for £300 each and two for takeaway orders of £15.10 on September 22 and £25 on September 24.
The targeted takeaways were B Sandouk and The Fortune Cookie.
Yesterday, a court heard how he had been struggling financially and acquired the cheque book through somebody who “he would not name.”
The 23-year-old wrote the cheques to himself using his middle name which is allegedly printed on his birth certificate.
Ms Overton discovered the cheque book had been stolen when she attempted to withdraw money from her bank account.
Jennings’ ex-partner Lucinda Clarkson was also believed to be involved in one count of fraud but was just given a caution by police officers.
His home was raided by police, who discovered a further two fraudulent cheques – which had not been used.
Jennings was given 60 hours of community service by Huddersfield Magistrates and ordered to pay £85 in costs.