Scammer banned from EVERY Asda supermarket in the UK after £4,000 plastic bag plot

Scammer banned from EVERY Asda supermarket in the UK after £4,000 plastic bag plot

A SCAMMER has been banned from EVERY Asda supermarket in the UK after scanning £4000 worth of food as carrier bags.

Kenneth Hollis, 43, from Dudley, West Midlands, targeted five supermarkets in the West Midlands in his plastic bag scam.

Hollis would scan a plastic bag at the self-checkouts, then load up his shopping while bypassing the weighing scales.

And then the fraudster would leave the shop – having only paid for the plastic bags.

In one of his cunning scams, he stole over £1,000 worth of items from one Asda branch without paying.

The 43-year-old broke down in tears in court as he pleaded guilty to five counts of fraud by false representation.

Birmingham Magistrates' Court heard that Hollis stole £332 from a store in Dudley, £1,186 from a Birmingham branch, and £893 of products from the supermarket in Tipton.

He then also stole £795 worth from Oldbury and £805 of goods from the Halesowen branch, BirminghamLive reports.

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One of the charges stated: "At the checkout you scanned plastic bags only and clicked finish and pay, bypassing the weighing scales.

"You then loaded the goods into the carrier bags before paying for the carrier bags only with a debit card before leaving the store without offering payment for the goods selected."

On top of his Asda fraud, he also admitted to driving a Citroen Xsara without insurance.

District Judge Shaw told the defendant: "This is a pattern of extremely serious offending because of the high value.

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"Certainly if it's me (sentencing at the next hearing) I will be considering custody and of some length.

"Working against that you have not been in trouble for 12 years.

"I want a report to know what's going on and what's led to all this."

The case was adjourned for Hollis to be interviewed by the probation service.

Hollis was bailed with a condition not to enter ASDA again.

The judge added: "Keep out of all ASDA stores.

"If you are stupid or foolish enough to offend on bail it will only aggravate your position."

The case was adjourned to a date in April.

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