Stolen Credit Cards used for London Cosmetic Surgery?

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Leading UK credit card comparison website, compareandsave.com, comments on news from the The Telegraph that UK model, Denise Whylie, used stolen credit cards to pay for corrective surgery to her excessively long toes.

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We should remember that this time last year, when the PIP breast implant scandal hit, some fortunate women who had paid for surgery using their credit cards were able to claim their costs back under section 75 of the Consumer Credit Act 1974.

A UK model with “excessively long toes” allegedly used stolen credit cards to pay for £5000 worth a London court has heard. As reported in The Telegraph 21/05/13; the accused model, Denise Whylie, who has also worked as an actress is alleged to have given the clinic, the Premier Foot and Ankle Centre, a false name (Denise Stephens) and claiming family members would settle her bill – which was later paid using stolen credit card details.

Jurors at Blackfriars Crown Court [hearing case number T20127449] heard allegations that Whylie, of Brentford, Middlesex, wanted the treatment to correct her 'mallet toe deformity' – a condition whereby an individuals 2nd and 3rd toes are considerably longer than they should be.

Quoted in the Telegraph, John Traversi, the prosecuting barrister emphasised to jurors on opening the case the unusual nature of it, because “'It was not goods from a shop or supermarket, it was a service, and the service was a surgical procedure on the defendant’s feet.”

It was not until 6 days after the clinic had accepted payment from a man allegedly claiming to be the defendants uncle that bank officials contacted them to confirm the cards were stolen, by which time Whylie had already undergone £5000 of surgery at BMI Fitzroy Hospital, London.

Whylie denies conspiracy to commit fraud and fraud by false representation.

The case continues at Blackfriars Crown Court

A compareandsave.com spokesman offered these thoughts:

“This is certainly a very usual case and it raises a number of interesting points.

Firstly it’s a demonstration of how well UK credit card companies are getting at helping the authorities to secure prosecutions for credit card fraud.

Secondly it shines a light on credit card payments for cosmetic surgery in general. Obviously BMI have faced criticism before for their own credit card and many could have been discouraged from using credit cards for surgery. However, we should remember that this time last year, when the PIP breast implant scandal hit, some fortunate women who had paid for surgery using their credit cards were able to claim their costs back under section 75 of the Consumer Credit Act 1974

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compareandsave.com is one of the UK’s leading personal finance comparison websites. Based in Colchester, Essex, compareandsave.com has been helping UK consumers get a better deal on credit cards, saving, loans and more for over five years.

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