Obtaining Services Dishonestly

To be proved the defendant must be proved to have:

  • obtained for himself or another services,
  • that he did so dishonestly,
  • knowing the services are made available on the basis that payment has been, is being or will be made for or in respect of them or that they might be and
  • avoids or intends to avoid payment in full or in part.

Also the defendant must have the necessary intention at the time that the service are obtained.

A person guilty of an offence under this section is liable

  • to a term not exceeding six months imprisonment and/or to a fine not exceeding £5000, if dealt with in the Magistrates court,
  • to a term not exceeding 5 years imprisonment and/or an unlimited fine, if dealt with in the Crown court.

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