Fraud ends in community work sentence
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.