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Drunk credit card scammers hire private jet and buy half a ton of fish

A truly bizarre spending spree
A truly bizarre spending spree

Two men in Scotland stole credit card details and went on a bizarre alcohol fuelled spending spree.

Jamie Abernathy and Brian Darroch appeared in court yesterday in Burnley in connection with the case.

The court heard how the two men used false names to join a gym in Blackpool. They then made copies of locker keys and nicked credit cards from five wallets.

With the access to easy cash the two men, aged 46 and 35 respectively, went on a booze laden spending spree.

As well as splashing the cash on fancy hotel rooms, slap-up meals and vast amounts of alcohol, the two also made some more unusual purchases.

The court heard how the pair spent €4,750 for a private jet to fly them to a place called Elstree in England but neither man could explain why.

Three stoves, valued at over €5,000, were also ordered but most strangely of all was a €46,000 order for fish.

A wholesaler was asked for a vast quantity of Dover sole, halibut, lobster and king scallops weighing in at half a ton. The court was told it was unclear what had happened to the fish.

The men were only busted when they went back to the gym and suspicious staff searched their bags to find that they had multiple locker keys.

Both men admitted conspiracy to commit fraud and were given suspended sentences and over a hundred hours of community service.