A GREEDY teenager used stolen cheques a whopping 17 times without being caught and raked in more than £7,000 in the process.
Now Jennifer Whiteford, 19, will have to carry out community service after ripping off her boss by cashing cheques which had been fraudulently signed.
She used the stolen cheque book as she returned again and again to The Money Shop, in Moss Street, Paisley, between May and August last year.
Sums which Whiteford managed to obtain during the transactions ranged from £150 to £300 each time, earning staff at The Money Shop substantial amounts in commission.
When Whiteford appeared at Paisley Sheriff Court, she admitted pretending to various employees of The Money Shop that she was entitled to payment in lieu of presenting the cheques from a stolen cheque book in the name of Norman Alan Smith, inducing them to give her a total of £7,295 which she obtained by fraud.
Defence agent Jonathan Manson said his client had accumulated debts from her previous extravagant lifestyle.
He also highlighted that she had never been in any trouble before, was supported by members of her close family and regretted what she had done.
Sheriff Derek Livingston told Whiteford, of Hawthorn Road, Erskine, that she had committed a very serious offence and ordered her to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work in the community.