Routh online pet store owners jailed

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Published: Monday 22nd June 2015 by The News Editor

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An East Yorkshire mother and son have been jailed for defrauding customers of an online pet supply store they ran.

Mechelle Chatfield, 47, and her son Ian, 28, used buyers’ credit card details to take several small unauthorised payments, amassing a total of £535,000 fraudulently.

They submitted 35,128 card entries between January 2010 and April 2012 for websites they ran from a rented five-bedroom farmhouse in Routh, near Beverley.

At Hull Crown Court, the pair, from Nunburnholme near Pocklington, were each jailed for four and a half years after pleading guilty to one charge of fraud.

The online stores they ran included Paws Pet Supermarket, from which one customer purchased two dog coats for £42.49. He later discovered that a further six monthly payments of the same amount totalling £254.94 had been fraudulently taken from his bank account.

The court heard how the mother and son also claimed a number of state benefits and even continued with the scam after being arrested in February 2012.

Some of their money was spent on luxury holidays, including a Caribbean cruise and a trip to Florida.

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Published: Monday 22nd June 2015 by The News Editor

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