A Larne man with a “phenomenal talent for computers” used his skills for crime, a defence lawyer told Ballymena Magistrates Court.
Philip Bell (27), of Alexandera Crescent, was in court for sentencing on a charge of fraud by false representation.
He used a man’s account details to pay £39 towards a mobile phone bill.
The court heard Bell had a previous record.
Defence barrister Neil Moore said: “This is a young man with a phenomenal talent for computers. Off the back of that there has been criminality”.
District Judge Nigel Broderick told the defendant was developing a lengthy record for matters of dishonesty and if he continued he would end up in prison.
Bell was ordered to do 60 hours of unpaid work.