Woman pleaded guilty to fraud charge involving ‘tokens’ for use at one of Northern Ireland’s best known seaside entertainment centres – Barry’s Amusements in Portrush

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A woman has pleaded guilty to fraud which involved putting an advertisement on Facebook selling tokens for one of Northern Ireland’s best known seaside entertainment centres – Barry’s Amusements in Portrush.

Leanne Hoey (45), with an address at Markstown Grove, Cullybackey, admitted posting an ad on social media seeking to sell Barry’s tokens.

She appeared at Coleraine Magistrates Court on Thursday and had her case adjourned until later this month to allow for preparation of a pre-sentence report.

She admitted a charge of ‘possessing articles in connection with fraud’. The particulars of the charge were that on July 6, 2017, she had in her possession or under her control ‘tokens for Barry’s Amusements, Portrush, for use in the course of or in connection with a fraud’.

The court heard how on August 7 last year a member of staff from Barry’s Amusements in Portrush contacted police to say he had been notified that a Facebook advert had been placed by someone offering 50 of the amusement tokens for £15.

The court was told the tokens retail in Barry’s for 50p each.

District Judge Liam McNally said the defendant’s plan appeared to be “sophisticated” in nature and ordered a pre-sentence report to be prepared.

The case was adjourned until later this month.

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