Spend­ing spree with a stolen credit card

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

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.

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