A 44-year-old Brierfield man used cloned fuel cards on 48 separate occasions in a month, getting away with over £3,000 worth of petrol.
Blackburn magistrates heard former soldier Jason Paul Harwood had used the same Citroen van as he “caned” the forged cards.
Harwood, who is living at an address in Bolton Road. Blackburn, as a condition of bail, pleaded guilty to fraud by false representation. He was remanded on bail for the preparation of a pre-sentence report.
Mr Nick Dearing (defending) said Harwood had served 12 years in the army and suffered post traumatic stress disorder.
“He has problems with alcohol and depression,” said Mr Dearing.