A man used a cloned bank card to dishonestly obtain a £6,000 second-hand car.
Hinesh Popat (24) admitted fraud by false representation, by using a false bank card to obtain a Honda Civic, on July 28.
Leicester Crown Court was told Popat, of Thomson Close, Rushey Mead, Leicester, was with an associate when he visited Barot Cars, Melton Road.
The car was later exchanged in Loughborough for a different vehicle.
The cloned card was found to relate to a bank account in the Middle East.
Popat also admitted fraudulently using a different cloned card, with two unknown associates, to obtain a total of £329 of alcohol from the Wine Store, Melton Road, on July 24.
When pursued for payment by the victims he fobbed them off with excuses and promises, the court was told.
He was sentenced to a two-year community order, with a nine-month alcohol-treatment programme, and to complete 140 hours of unpaid work.
Judge Philip Head said: "These transactions were fraudulent from the outset and you knew perfectly well they were bent cards.
"You're not before me for cloning the cards, if you were you'd be in even more trouble."
James Bide-Thomas, mitigating, said Popat, who is being treated for bipolar disorder, was willing to do unpaid work.