Fraud for us­ing card

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

A 24-year-old Port Dou­glas mother of one was con­victed of steal­ing a debit card and three counts of fraud when she ap­peared in Moss­man Mag­is­trates Court on Wed­nes­day.

The de­fen­dant was in a Port Dou­glas bot­tle shop in Au­gust last year, where she found a debit card and used that card to pur­chase a $9.99 bot­tle of wine. On the same day, she used the same debit card at Tar­get Coun­try in Port Dou­glas to pur­chase two items, each val­ued at $99.99.

Through po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tions and us­ing CCTV footage, the de­fen­dant was called by the po­lice in Septem­ber this year and was asked to at­tend the sta­tion, which she did.

The de­fen­dant co-op­er­ated with po­lice and was charged with one count of steal­ing and three counts of fraud, to which she pleaded guilty.

Act­ing Mag­is­trate Raimund Heg­gie said al­though the de­fen­dant showed re­morse and of­fered to make resti­tu­tion, it was an “op­por­tunis­tic event” and not a “triv­ial mat­ter” be­cause such crimes have a “ma­jor im­pact on the vic­tims in­volved”.

The Act­ing Mag­is­trate said that due to the de­fen­dant’s young age and hav­ing no crim­i­nal his­tory, he place her on a $1500 good be­hav­iour bond and or­dered her to make resti­tu­tion of $209.97.

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