A PHARMACIST'S assistant repeatedly tried to sell an iPhone she did not have, a court has heard. Neelam Desai, 32, denies four counts of fraud by false representation between February 1 and February 18 last year. During this period she allegedly tried to sell the mobile on four separate occasions for between £125 and £290. Desai, of Beulah Grove, Croydon, appeared at Croydon Magistrates' Court today (Friday). She will next appear at Crown Crown Court for a plea and case management hearing on May 17. The Boots employee has already been charged with 12 other offences, of which she has pleaded not guilty to nine. Desai is accused of attempting to write unauthorised cheques for more than £322,5000 and being engaged in an international travel business under a false name, even though she had been declared bankrupt. In that case she faces eight counts of fraud, all of which are alleged to have occurred between 2008 and 2009, and one count of being engaged in a business while bankrupt under a false name in 2010. Three other charges relating to handling stolen goods are to be dealt with at a later date. Desai is due for a preliminary hearing at Croydon Crown Court in relation to the cheque and bankruptcy matters on April 12.
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