Woman jailed for forging certificates
A WOMAN was jailed after forging a doctor’s certificate to avoid attending required appointments with community corrections.
Brianna Gaye Ghilardi pleaded guilty to gaining benefit by fraud, two breaches of a conditional release order and with intent to defraud by forging a record.
The corrections officer said Ghilardi had forged medical certificates because she had things to do on the day and was unable to attend her appointments.
Ghilardi was on a number of intensive supervision orders at the time, due to expire on March 27 this year.
Twice in 2015 she was caught by police with small amounts of cannabis.
One of those times she was arrested in Hay Street Mall, Perth in relation to several stealing incidents at shops in the vicinity.
Ghilardi told police she intended putting the items on lay-by but did not like the way staff looked at her.
On June 13, 2015, she went to the Reject Shop at Southlands Shopping Centre, where she filled her trolley with items worth $546 and walked out of the store.
When security approached her she abandoned the trolley, but was arrested.
On another occasion she stole more than $400 worth of items from Watertown.
The duty lawyer said her client felt desperate as she was left to look after her five-year-old niece, so she forged the certificates to get out of her community corrections commitments.
Magistrate Leanne Atkins said: “This woman has taken it upon herself to forge records, she has lied, she has connived her way to get out of appointments with community corrections.
“You were clearly told what would happen if you breached your suspended imprisonment order (SIO).
“I will activate the SIO as there is a strong need for personal deterrence. Also the general community at large needs to know that you cannot fraudulently produce doctors’ certificates.”
Ghilardi will serve seven months and will be eligible for parole. The SIO was imposed in relation to 12 fraud matters involving the use of Paypass with stolen cards.