Re­fund rob­ber fined $6000 for fraud

Weekend Courier - - Street Watch -

A MAN who se­lected items in stores then took them to the counter for a re­fund has been fined $6000.

Shaun Phillip Law­son ap­peared by video link from Hakea Prison at Rockingham Mag­is­trates Court on March 10.

He pleaded guilty to 13 charges in­clud­ing gain­ing ben­e­fit by fraud, at­tempted fraud, steal­ing, hav­ing no au­thor­ity to drive and breach of bail.

The pros­e­cu­tor said the of­fences hap­pened on dif­fer­ent dates in 2016.

Law­son went to a phar­macy in Kwinana where he took a back brace from a dis­play to the counter and asked for a re­fund say­ing it did not fit and he had lost the re­ceipt.

He was given $43.98 by phar­macy staff.

On Septem­ber 5, he went to the Shaver Shop at Rockingham Cen­tre where he took an elec­tronic tooth­brush from a dis­play to the counter and asked for a re­fund. He was given $129.95. He used the same tac­tic at sev­eral other stores in­clud­ing shoe stores, bot­tle shops and phar­ma­cies, ob­tain­ing cash re­funds.

On three oc­ca­sions, he went to dif­fer­ent Aldi stores with an empty card­board box where he filled it with a TV and then went to the check­out for a re­fund.

He was suc­cess­ful twice get­ting two amounts of $567 re­funded to his bank ac­count.

On Oc­to­ber 23, he tried the ruse a third time at a dif­fer­ent Aldi store but staff re­viewed store footage and he was de­nied a re­fund.

Mag­is­trate Leanne Atkins fined him a global fine of $6000.

On March 2 at the Supreme Court Law­son had been sen­tenced to a prison term of four years and nine months for more of­fences in­clud­ing fraud, ag­gra­vated armed rob­bery, dan­ger­ous driv­ing caus­ing griev­ous bod­ily harm and prop­erty dam­age.

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