Finance student caught using stolen credit cards

A Chinese student has pleaded guilty to using stolen credit cards to buy $22,000 of electrical goods, computers and public transport tickets.

Guan Xuan Jiang, who is studying finance at a Melbourne university, secretly photographed 42 credit cards while working part-time at an East Doncaster restaurant, a court heard.

He then used eight of the cards to buy goods and tickets online before having them delivered to unoccupied flats or his home in St Kilda.

Jiang was caught after police were alerted to the scam by Metcard.

Speaking at the hearing at Melbourne Magistrates' Court, his lawyer Fiona Todd said her client had a degree from a Chinese university and was studying for his Masters in Finance.

"He has been stricken and distressed and astonished by his behaviour,'' Ms Todd said.

She requested that the magistrate impose a sentence that would allow Jiang to attend the Asian Games in China in November as a volunteer.

The magistrate stated that he should be assessed for a community based order.

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