Fraud ends in com­mu­nity work sen­tence

Pilbara News - - News - ■ Ali­cia Perera

A Kar­ratha woman has been sen­tenced to com­mu­nity work af­ter com­mit­ting fraud by spend­ing on stolen credit cards.

Katie Louise Put­tner ap­peared be­fore the Kar­ratha Mag­is­trate’s Court last week on 31 counts of steal­ing, fraud and am­phet­a­mine use.

She pleaded guilty to all charges. The court heard on Septem­ber 29 last year Put­tner stole a credit card from an­other per­son’s bag at her work­place.

Dur­ing Novem­ber she then used the card to pay for a va­ri­ety of items us­ing the PayPass func­tion. She was ar­rested over the charges later that month.

Put­tner’s lawyer told the court her client had sus­tained frontal lobe dam­age from a head in­jury sev­eral years ago, which af­fected her mem­ory and made the events “a bit of a blur”.

Mag­is­trate Robert Young said theft and use of PayPass bank cards was be­com­ing a se­ri­ous prob­lem in WA. He sen­tenced Put­tner to a 12-month com­mu­nity or­der.

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