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Teenager admits travel fraud charges

A SCOTS teenager who lived a jet-set lifestyle on stolen credit cards has admitted a further series of frauds.

Reece Scobie, who was 19 at the time, has already been jailed for 16 months in Scotland for swindling his way to a globetrotting lifestyle. He admitted a further nine charges, which included using stolen credit cards to book trains, flights and hotel accommodation online.

Scobie used popular websites such as trainline.com and ebooker.com to travel the globe in luxury.

He pleaded guilty when he appeared at Southwark Crown Court yesterday.

Kieran Moroney, ­defending, said Scobie was currently appealing against his sentence for previous fraud offences, which netted him £70,000.

"Your honour is aware of the outstanding matters in Scotland," he said. "I would ask him to be granted bail in this matter so that he could be sent back to Scotland to serve the remainder of his sentence and for his appeal to be dealt with."

Judge John Price told Scobie: "You are serving a sentence in Scotland, you are appealing against that sentence and we don't know what is going to happen with that so I am going to grant you technical bail to get you back to Scotland and to help you get things sorted out as quickly as we can.

"As soon as you are released in Scotland you must notify this court of your date of release."

Scobie is currently in jail after being convicted of conning his former travel agent bosses out of tens of thousands of pounds .

Scobie, of Rait, Perth, Perthshire, admitted fraud, possessing articles for use in fraud and unlawful interception of emails.

No date has yet been set for his sentence in the English court.

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