Woman jailed for forg­ing cer­tifi­cates

Weekend Courier - - Opinion -

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.

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