Elyas Blidi, 23, who stole credit cards and went on a shopping spree, was sentenced at Manchester Crown Court.
Blidi pleaded guilty to five counts of fraud and three counts of money laundering at an earlier
The student used his previous sales job, to steal the credit card details of one of his customers.
In September 2013, Blidi started university. Using the credit card details he obtained, he went on a huge spending spree. He used the details to pay for the rent on his student flat.
Blidi also bought designer clothes and accessories, including an Armani Exchange watch and Ralph Lauren shirts. Additionally, he spent thousands of pounds on electronics, including a number of Apple iPhones and MacBook.
Blidi sold some of the items to friends and on eBay to make extra cash. Additionally, he offered discounts to some of his friends to pay their rent. He also paid off loan repayments and hired several cars.
His actions led to several of his student friends being initially treated as suspects. However, they were cleared of any wrongdoing and were found to be victims themselves having paid money to Blidi. The students then had to cover their rent fees for a second time.
Elyas Blidi spent thousands in a very short time, on a credit card that did not belong to him. GMP says that Blidi enjoyed spending money and did so with no regard for the owner of the credit card.
The victim has been put through ‘months of stress’ and companies have been ‘left thousands of pounds out of pocket’.
Blidi was just starting out at University and had a bright future ahead of him. As a result of his ‘greed’, he will spend the next 12 months in jail.