Fraud for using card
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.