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British Army Soldier has been expelled from the Army after stealing a colleague’s credit card to buy FIFA points for his Xbox.
Private Lewis Billam bought £ 216 of the virtual currency used in the popular soccer video game.
Bulford Military Court has heard that the 27-year-old has bought three packages of FIFA Points worth £ 71.99 on his colleague Megan Martin’s card.
The £ 71.99 packages offer players 12,000 points to spend on the game.
Points can be used to purchase “FUT packages”, which allow players to create a soccer team, or “FUT Draft”, in which players can choose the best solution for each position in a five-player draw . players.
After stealing Pvt Martin’s card at a party, Pvt Billam also purchased items worth £ 16 from a local garage.
Pte Billam was discovered when everyone who attended the March 2020 party was arrested and asked to show their Xbox account history if they had one.
When Private Billam showed the account to him, he had clearly been used for all three transactions and was subsequently found in possession of the card.
Prior to this incident, Pte Billam was using another colleague’s card to buy £ 227 worth of Tesco items.
In August 2019, Pte Billam approached Corporal Joshua Gibbon to borrow his card to buy cigarettes and drinks, and promised to return the card later.
But instead of cigarettes and a drink, Pte Billam bought something that was worth 101 pounds and another item that was worth 126 pounds.
The court heard that Private Billams’ heavy drinking had caused him to lose little or no money in the past.
Judge-attorney Alistair McGrigor told Pte Billam that he would be fired from the military because it was clear that the military no longer wanted to hold him.
He said: “Soldiers who steal from colleagues undermine the respect and camaraderie that sustain the life of the service.”
Pte Billam of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers told the court that he had “sincerely apologized” for what he had done after pleading guilty to three cases of fraud.
He said, “The things I did were unacceptable and I sincerely apologize.”
In addition to being kicked out of the military, Pte Billam was asked to pay Pte Martin and Lcpl Gibbon in full and received a 12-month community service order with a 30-day rehab session.