Man accused of PayPoint fraud

There was a sitting of Longford Circuit Court last week.
There was a sitting of Longford Circuit Court last week.

A MAN accused of fraud by making a false representation to several businesses in Northern Ireland including an army base shop that he was a PayPoint employee has been remanded in continuing custody and had his case sent to the Crown Court.

Nur Khan (38), of Maple Street, Rochdale, Lancashire, appeared at Ballymena Magistrates Court on April 14 to face five charges of fraud by false representation.

He is accused of representing himself as a PayPoint employee over a period of six days in February 2012 with the intention of making a gain for himself or to cause a loss to Ballykinlar Naafi (Navy, Army and Air Force Institutes) shop in County Down; a shop in Castlewellan, County Down; a shop in Coleraine; a newsagents in Ballymena and a business in Kircubbin, County Down.

No further details of the case were outlined to the court.

During a brief appearance at Ballymena Magistrates Court a prosecutor said she believed there was a case to answer.

Khan’s defence barrister Chris Sherrard said his client was aware of the charges and that he did not object to a Preliminary Enquiry, the legal step needed to refer a case to the Crown Court.

Mr Sherrard said his client did not wish to make any contrary submissions.

District Judge Des Perry said it was a “complex fraud matter”.

The judge said he was satisfied there was a case to answer and returned the accused, in custody, to appear at Antrim Crown Court in May.

Established in 1996, PayPoint is a leading specialist payments company, processing consumer payments across a wide variety of markets through shops - including many in Northern Ireland - the internet and mobile phones.