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Health minister Nadine Dorries was victim of luxury shopping fraudsters

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Criminals used bank details belonging to the Health minister, 63, in the 2019 scam to try to buy expensive goods.

Two of the people involved in targeting Ms Dorries appeared today before Westminster magistrates court, having admitted fraud by false representation.

Telecoms engineer Cory Chin, 24, was sentenced to 120 hours of community service while Korri McLean, 30, will be dealt with by the crown court at a later date.

The hearing was told Ms Dorries, the Conservative MP for Mid Bedfordshire, fell victim in October 2019, when her bank card details were obtained by fraudsters.

Chin went online to try to buy a £958 Canada Goose jacket with the MP’s money, but the transaction was stopped by Lloyds bank as suspected fraud.

The following day McLean tried to make £1,080 of purchases but his efforts were again thwarted by the bank.

The court heard Chin was swiftly tracked down by the phone number and email address he had used to try to make the fraudulent purchase.

Sentencing him to a 12-month community order including 120 hours of community service, District Judge Vanessa Baraitser said: “It was a deliberate attempt to use the details on a bank card you knew belonged to someone else to obtain a luxury item for yourself.

“The benefit was relatively high, had you been successful.

“You have pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity, there was no actual financial loss suffered by the complainant, and you have demonstrated genuine remorse for what you have done.”

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