Credit card mistake proves costly
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.