Teen pleads guilty to multiple fraud charges
A 17-year-old Cannonvale woman escaped conviction despite pleading guilty to 12 charges of fraud and two charges of stealing after a number of incidents in February and March this year.
Sharnah Jensen was placed on probation for 12 months and was ordered to pay restitution totalling $1319.90 however no conviction was recorded.
Ms Jensen’s first offence occurred between February 15-20 when this year when she stole a German backpackers’ bag from a locker while the owner was swimming in the Airlie Beach lagoon.
The court heard that Jensen re- moved $60 cash from the bag and then obtained a temporary internet banking password from the NAB in Airlie Beach.
She then used the password to transfer the amount of $714 into her own bank account so she could afford the bond on a rental property.
On March 6, Ms Jensen committed theft again, stealing a debit card from a fellow Airlie Beach McDonald’s employee.
The card was stolen from her former workmates bag and she used the pay wave feature 11 times over the next few, spending a total of $545.90 on food and to pay bills at a number of local shops.
Magistrate Ron Muirhead said it would be unfair to place such a young person on community service but warned Ms Jensen that this was her last chance.
“It would have been community service and possibly a prison sentence if you were a bit older but I’m going to give you a chance. If this sort of behaviour continues there is a very high chance you will receive a prison sentence,” he said.
“You need to change your ways. You’ve had your chance now and any more offences involving stealing or fraud will result in a conviction.”