Man who tried to cheat fa­ther ‘out of spite’ fined $2000

Kwinana Courier - - News -

A MAN who tried to cash blank cheques from his fa­ther’s busi­ness has claimed he did it “out of spite”.

Matthew Peter Apos­toles pleaded guilty to two charges of in­tent to de­fraud by forg­ing a record when he ap­peared at Rockingham Mag­is­trates Court on Fe­bru­ary 2. He was fined $2000. The pros­e­cu­tor said Apos­toles had ob­tained two cheques from his fa­ther’s panel beat­ing busi­ness, writ­ten in the date and writ­ten an amount to cash of $3000 on each cheque.

He first tried to cash a cheque at the Man­durah branch of the Na­tional Aus­tralia Bank (NAB).

How­ever, bank staff be­came sus­pi­cious and af­ter check­ing the sig­na­tures found they did not match. He was not given the money. That same day, Apos­toles tried to cash the sec­ond cheque at the NAB Rockingham branch.

Staff at that branch also be­came sus­pi­cious and did not cash the cheque.

When ar­rested by po­lice, Apos­toles told them his fa­ther “owed him money”.

The duty lawyer said the po­lice facts were ac­cepted. She said there had been a re­la­tion­ship break­down be­tween Apos­toles and his fa­ther but that they had since re­paired their re­la­tion­ship.

She said he would some­times do panel beat­ing work for his fa­ther and his fa­ther would pay him by cheque.

“There had been an ar­gu­ment be­tween the pair over money, where the fa­ther had told him ‘why don’t you go and steal it?’,” she said.

“Later on, he had been clean­ing out his house when he found two cheques and as his fa­ther owed him money, ba­si­cally to use his words ‘he did it out of spite’,” she said.

Mag­is­trate Vi­vian Ed­wards said it was lucky bank staff did not give him the money.

“I am told you have since re­paired the re­la­tion­ship with your fa­ther,” she said.

“It is for­tu­nate the bank staff were sus­pi­cious as there would have been a detri­ment to the bank.”

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