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user1496147688 Sun 28-Jan-18 15:12:50

So I’m 19 years old and I got caught with fraudulent receipts.
So I created fake receipts, with stolen items on them. Then these items were returned by me and someone else. It would at least be £200 worth of this. I told them I had done it because they had CCTV of everything and it was so clear I couldn’t deny it. They called the police and said that the police would come to my house or call me soon which could be any day. Maybe today, tomorrow, weeks, I don’t know.
This is the first time I would be in trouble with the police, and I go to college.
Would I be sent to prison for this or what else would happen?

user1496147688 Sun 28-Jan-18 15:13:57

I literally work 4 hours a week, with no savings so I can't afford a lawyer or anything. I just don't know what to do

Frequency Sun 28-Jan-18 15:15:30

You'll be offered legal aid. It's unlikely you'll go to prison over £200.

retirednow Sun 28-Jan-18 15:16:45

Where did this happen

user1496147688 Sun 28-Jan-18 15:18:29

In Primark

notapizzaeater Sun 28-Jan-18 15:18:58

Did you steal the items as well or just 'fenced' them ?

user1496147688 Sun 28-Jan-18 15:19:19

That's where I work, well worked because I've obviously been dismissed but i'm currently suspended

Lj8893 Sun 28-Jan-18 15:19:25

You will receive free legal aid. You will have a criminal record but unlikely you will go to prison.

YerAuntFanny Sun 28-Jan-18 15:19:39

You should do.

But you probably won't.

user1496147688 Sun 28-Jan-18 15:19:44

Yes the items were stolen by me

youarenotkiddingme Sun 28-Jan-18 15:20:16

There will quite rightly be a consequence. I doubt it'll be prison - possibly a fine.

Are you employed by primark too? You will lose your job at the very least.

user1496147688 Sun 28-Jan-18 15:21:25

Yeah I work there, so that's how I created the receipts

youarenotkiddingme Sun 28-Jan-18 15:21:48

Sorry x posts.

If your suspended I expect you'll lose your job. Unless primark are extremely generous employers and will let you work it off accepting you know how utterly stupid you've been.

LIZS Sun 28-Jan-18 15:22:29

So you shoplifted then tried to return the items? If you admit it and Primark don't press charges you may even avoid court and get cautioned.

user1496147688 Sun 28-Jan-18 15:23:31

Yeah I don't mind losing the job because I have now lost their trust. I'm just worried about going to prison or a criminal record because I'm still in college

LIZS Sun 28-Jan-18 15:23:42

Oh posts crossed , you are an employee. Presumably you will be dismissed for misconduct and have no reference.

user1496147688 Sun 28-Jan-18 15:24:59

Yep I stole them and then returned them but got someone else to do it. However once or twice it was me and they've got CCTV of me doing it and someone else doing it.
They called the police and said that they will come to my house eventually

notapizzaeater Sun 28-Jan-18 15:26:58

They will prosecute to stop other people doing it in the future. You will get a police record - this could affect your career. What did you want to do when you left college ?

Allaboutthatcake Sun 28-Jan-18 15:29:19

Well that was stupid.

YerAuntFanny Sun 28-Jan-18 15:29:54

What made you risk your job, reputation and possible criminal record in the first place?

You've not only lost this job but I know as a future employer I wouldn't be taking on someone who had stolen from a previous workplace in such a calculated way so whether you go to prison or not you've most likely fucked up your prospects of work requiring any responsibility.

user1496147688 Sun 28-Jan-18 15:31:49

Well I'm studying business so something related to that.
I don't know why i done it, just for money I guess

Andrewofgg Sun 28-Jan-18 15:35:26

You will be dismissed and probably prosecuted. You may get some unpaid work, or you may just be fined within your limited means. You will have a record and if you are planning to go into any profession, think again.

GreenTulips Sun 28-Jan-18 15:35:38

Well you won't likely get any future position that involves trust or money

I take it you're bright? You knew the risks and did it anyway.

user764329056 Sun 28-Jan-18 15:35:50

Don’t panic, you know you’ve done wrong, honestly this won’t result in a prison sentence, I know it must feel huge at the moment but it’s a relatively low level crime, don’t let it eat you up

CheapSausagesAndSpam Sun 28-Jan-18 15:36:43

You won't go to prison but you will have a criminal record and a fine

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