A MAJOR investigation into identity theft led to a Lithuanian immigrant being accused of a fraud which netted close to £2,000 in the sale of goods on internet sites.
Mantas Narvilas, 27, of Fairfield Mews, East Parade, Harrogate, appeared before the town’s magistrates last Thursday to face seven charges of fraud by false representation and one of passing illegally acquired gift cards to buy three Apple Ipods.
The charges claim that between May 14 and June 9 last year Narvilas visited shops in James Street – he is alleged to have targeted Next six times – and Cambridge Street, Harrogate, as well as a store on Knaresborough’s St James Retail Park, and used a number of credit cards to make purchases.
Narvilas did not enter a plea to any of the charges and court chairman Eric Fell told him the case was too serious to remain with magistrates. He was bailed until May 5 when the case is expected to be sent for trial at York Crown Court.