Gang member in petrol station scam gets suspended sentence



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A fifth member of a Romanian crime gang who scammed a Belfast petrol station for over £5,000 walked free from court on Thursday with a two-year suspended sentence.

Ioan Lacatus, 31, of Hanover Street, Portadown, pleaded guilty at Belfast Crown to eight counts of fraud by false representation.

The offences were committed in 2013 at the self-service Go petrol station in the city’s Great Victoria Street. In April, four other members of the gang were sentenced after pleading guilty to defrauding the petrol station.