A VEHICLE delivery driver attempted to use a corporate credit card to buy Christmas presents for his children.
Alex Shepard has admitted to using his employer’s card to gas up his partner’s car and trying to buy gifts.
Shepard, 27, was caught on CCTV using the card given to him by Gemini Drivers for petrol and expenses, at Morrisons on Malvern Retail Park.
There he withdrew over £400 from the cash machine before driving to the on-site petrol station and spending £80 on fuel.
Sumreen Afsar, prosecuting, told the court: “A company-owned card was used to withdraw cash twice – first at Morrisons and then at the petrol station.
“These cards are given to drivers by Gemini for expenses, and CCTV showed the accused using the cash machine.
“He admitted to using it to try to buy RAC coverage for his personal vehicle, as well as his intention to buy Christmas presents for his children.”
The court heard that Shepard had recently changed his address and was short on money, believing he had “no choice” as he wanted to buy presents for his children.
Shepard, of The Glade, Malvern, appeared unrepresented at Worcester Magistrates’ Court.
When magistrates asked him if he had something to say, he replied: “Everything I wanted to say, I said at the police station”.
During his interview, Shepard told police that his move left him strapped for cash and work.
The court heard he cooperated with officers at all times and pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity.
Shepard told the court he was due to start working as a Hermes courier this week, but had not yet had an interview or been asked about his criminal record.
Magistrates ordered Shepard to perform 120 hours of unpaid work.
He must pay £530.12 – the amount he stole – to Gemini as compensation.
Magistrates also made an order for costs of £185 and a victim surcharge of £90.
Shepard appeared in court on March 17.