Jail sentence for multiple fraud and drug charges
A MAN who used the details of bank cards to buy goods to the value of about $23,000 was sentenced to nine months jail when he appeared in Mandurah Magistrates Court on October 16.
Daniel William Smith pleaded guilty to 34 counts of gains benefit by fraud, possessing a prohibited drug (MDMA), possessing drug paraphernalia and two counts of possessing stolen or unlawfully obtained property.
Magistrate Anne Longden said the offences were committed between January and July 2016 and June 2017. She said some of the offences occurred while Smith was on bail.
Ms Longden said Smith used different details on bank cards he claimed to have found in a bin to buy goods worth about $23,000.
During a search police found Smith to be in possession of ecstasy and an expensive watch that had been stolen during a burglary.
Lawyer Malcolm Ayoub said Smith had three children and a partner. Smith was on Newstart and had a job opportunity. He was also the carer for his sick mother.
Mr Ayoub said Smith had a long-entrenched drug problem and had an appointment to be part of a residential drug program.
Ms Longden said there had been a traumatic event in Smith’s childhood and he had turned to drugs to cope.
She said she had placed Smith on an order to provide him with an opportunity to address factors underlying his drug use.
Ms Longden said Smith used excuses for not complying. She read a report which said Smith had continued to use illicit drugs, he had failed to attend some appointments and had disengaged with councillors.
Ms Longden said Smith now claimed to be six months drug free, but she did not consider he had complied with the order.
Smith was made eligible for parole.