Fraudster pays high price for lap dance

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A FRAUDSTER was caught when he tried to pay for his second £300-an-hour lap dance with a cloned credit card.

Ukrainian Volodymir Kozlenko used the card successfully to book his first dance in the Deep Blue Club in Wellington Street, Leeds, but when he went to a different member of staff and wanted to repeat his experience the employee was suspicious.

He had used a provisional driving licence to support his identity which was not in his name but on the second occasion it was spotted that the American Express card he was using had no name at all on it.

A check was made with the company which revealed the card was cloned from a genuine account holder in the United States.

Nicholas de la Poer, prosecuting, told Leeds Crown Court that the police were called and when Kozlenko was arrested at the club he was found to have four other cloned American Express cards on him, two for genuine active accounts and two for non-active accounts.

It then emerged that he had been deported from the UK last year following a similar conviction. In 2008 he tried to use a cloned credit card at a branch of Argos and was found to have a further seven fraudulent cards on him.

He was bailed and went on the run but was sentenced to six months in prison in his absence. Then in May last year following his arrest he served that sentence and after his release in July was deported back to Ukraine.

Mr de la Poer told the court that some time after that Kozlenko had returned illegally to Yorkshire and had acquired the cloned cards by the time he visited the club in Leeds on October 20.

Kozlenko, 30, then of Scoresby Street, Bradford, was jailed for six months after he admitted fraud and possessing articles for use in fraud.

Recorder Alistair MacDonald QC recommended deportation again following his release.

Nicholas Hammond for Kozlenko said he knew he should not have returned to the UK but, having spent 10 years living in the country, it was where his friends were.