A LAW student has admitted playing a part in an identity fraud.

Jordan Ojo was part of a fraud using a false bank statement to buy goods.

Colchester Magistrates’ Court heard Levi Taylor, of Colchester, discovered he was the victim of the fraud when a parcel turned up at his house which he had not ordered.

Philip Pearson, prosecuting, told magistrates it became apparent Mr Taylor was the victim of identity theft.

Mr Pearson said: “He was at home when an agent was trying to deliver a parcel.

“Because he had not made a purchase he sent the delivery back.

“Then he contacted the company who told him an account had been opened in his name.”

Mr Pearson said three more parcels were sent through the click and collect service and Mr Taylor went to a second store and explained to them what had happened.

He urged them to contact the police if anyone collected the parcels.

The court heard Ojo, 20, went to the store with a fake Santander bank statement to try to pick up the parcels.

Police were called, the parcels were seized and under interview, Ojo claimed some degree of coercion.

Ojo admitted fraud when he appeared in court.

Lucy Osborne, mitigating, said Ojo had received the false statement which had been prepared by a cousin, who asked him to go to Colchester.

Ms Osborne said Ojo had “played no part in creating the bank statement”.

He was simply to present the statement, pick up the goods and be “repaid a small amount of money”, she said.

She added the cousin would be waiting in a car outside.

Ms Osborne said Ojo, of Springrice Road, London, was at law school and halfway through his studies.

His professional exams and career choice may now have to change.

The items, namely a Sci-Fix drinks shaker, Paco Rabanne Invictus 150ml and a Zip detail hooded top, were valued at £250 and recovered.

Ojo was given a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £85 costs.

Chairman of the bench Dr Ilona Perkins-Van Mil said: “This was a remarkably stupid thing to do for someone in your position.”

“You have been quite lucky. Fraud is a serious offence.”