A Northamptonshire teenager will have to pay more than £500 to customers of her online sweet shop - after she took money without sending over any goods.
Alice Noble, 19, of Collins Close, Towcester, set up a Facebook business selling confectionary items last year.
But having originally set up the business with good intentions, the young mother-of-one realised she “could not balance the books”.
Yesterday she was sentenced to more than 30 counts of fraud by false representation.
Prosecuting, Stella Moses, said Noble told the victims that the sweet items were either “still being made” or were “in the post” whenever they contacted her to ask of the whereabouts of their goods.
Some paid up to £50 for orders they did not receive.
On one occasion Noble told a customer her child had been “kidnapped” and that she was too “pre-occupied” in getting her back to send the goods.
Defending for Noble Daniel Green said she had been undergoing some difficult “mental health issues” that needed addressing.
She admitted the crimes during a police interview in March, having denied them when they were first reported in November, and will now have to pay back £540, £85 costs to the court and a £60 victims’ surcharge.
She will also have to carry out 120 hours of unpaid work over 12 months and attend probation meetings.