No mercy for jer­sey fraud

Townsville Bulletin - - NATION -

FOR­MER Wests Tigers player Tim Si­mona yes­ter­day begged a mag­is­trate not to con­vict him for rip­ping off a can­cer char­ity but his at­tempts were fu­tile.

Si­mona pleaded with the court to dis­miss his charge, be­liev­ing he was pun­ished enough by los­ing his NRL ca­reer.

“I un­der­stand that my ac­tions are very se­ri­ous and I am ashamed,” he said in a let­ter ten­dered to a Syd­ney court.

Mag­is­trate Ian Guy placed Si­mona on an 18- month good be­hav­iour bond for the “cruel hoax”. Si­mona had pleaded guilty to dis­hon­estly ob­tain­ing $ 6600 by auc­tion­ing signed club jer­seys on Face­book.

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