A LAW student who used a part time job dealing with complaints from Orange mobile phone users to steal over £60,000 in phone credits has failed in a bid for freedom.
Ashokvardhan Purohit, aged 32, of Vincent Road, Sharrow, Sheffield, abused his position while working for a company which provides customer services for the mobile phone giants, a court heard.
He illegally salted away over £60,000 in complimentary phone credits between June 2006 and March 2008.
Purohit was jailed for two years after being convicted of two counts of theft at Sheffield Crown Court last August.
This week he asked Lord Justice Laws, Mr Justice Lloyd-Jones and Mr Justice Stadlen, sitting at London’s Criminal Appeal Court, to free him on bail.
He made the application so that he can prepare a challenge to his convictions.
The court heard Purohit started working as a customer service officer at Ventura in August 2004.
The company is a customer service provider for Orange, which is based in the Dearne Valley.
During the scam Purohit was studying for a post-graduate diploma in law in Manchester which he began in September 2007.
At Ventura, he handled complaints from Orange customers and tried to resolve them.
He had the discretion to give ‘goodwill’ credits to customers, and it was this facility he abused.
He applied to the Appeal Court to be freed on bail while he prepares an application to challenge his convictions.
His challenge is to be based on allegations that the jury at his trial was not racially balanced, and that his defence was hampered by a lack of disclosure by the prosecution.
He is also set to claim that the trial, at which he represented himself, ought to have been postponed because he was ill for part of it.
But Lord Justice Laws, threw out his application telling Purohit: “You cannot have bail to prepare your appeal.”