Spending spree with a stolen credit card
A YOUNG woman who went on a spending spree in Airlie Beach with a stolen credit card, has been fined $1100.
Cherrain Jamie Nichols fronted Monday’s session of the Proserpine Magistrate’s Court, where she pleaded guilty to four counts of fraud and three counts of attempted fraud.
Police prosecutor Elizabeth Smith, said Nichols and a co-offender, who had now been charged by Gladstone police, used the credit card on numerous occasions on September 18.
Together, the pair made purchases at Airlie Beach bottle shops and clothing stores including BWS and Factorie.
Ms Smith said it was when they tried to purchase clothing to the value of $951.70 at City Beach, that the card was eventually declined.
In all, she said $404.23 in restitution was sought, with that amount to be split two ways.
Duty lawyer Sherrie Meade said Nichols was normally “a very self-respecting young lady”.
She said on the day in question, she had met up with other people and been drinking all night, and into that day.
Ms Meade also claimed the offending was more the fault of the other party and that “unfortunately she [Nichols] just went along with it”.
“I’d love to know what the other person has said,” magistrate Haydn Stjernqvist mused.
Nonetheless, Mr Stjernqvist conceded Nichols’ history was “unremarkable” with nothing of a like nature recorded before.
In addition to the fine, Nichols was ordered to pay $202.12 in restitution costs.