Teen pleads guilty to mul­ti­ple fraud charges

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

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.”

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