Credit card mis­take proves costly

Pinjarra Murray Times - - NEWS -

A 27-YEAR-OLD Pin­jarra woman es­caped con­vic­tion in Man­durah Mag­is­trates Court last Tues­day for us­ing a po­lice credit card.

Cas­san­dra Lee Opray pleaded guilty to four counts of gain­ing ben­e­fit by fraud.

The po­lice pros­e­cu­tor told the court Opray used a credit card from her po­lice of­fi­cer boyfriend’s wal­let that was the prop­erty of the Lancelin Po­lice so­cial club.

She paid four Tel­stra phone bills us­ing the card.

The first bill on Septem­ber 5, 2016, was $160, the se­cond on Septem­ber 6 $152.56, the third on Oc­to­ber 12 $173.46 and the fourth on Novem­ber 1 $200.

Coun­sel for the ac­cused said Opray mis­tak­enly used the wrong credit card.

“It wasn’t like she was spending like a drunken sailor,” he said.

“The of­fi­cers who ar­rested her were known to her. She thought it was a joke.”

Mag­is­trate Anne Long­den said she ac­cepted Opray’s of­fend­ing was at the lower end of the scale. She or­dered Opray re­pay $686.02, fined her $600, or­dered her to pay $190.85 in costs and granted a spent con­vic­tion ap­pli­ca­tion.

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