No trade with stolen goods
A WOMAN who sold a stolen phone to a Cash Converters store in Sunny Bank Hills has told the Proserpine Magistrate’s Court she wasn’t aware it was stolen at the time.
Leighann Ellen Ward was self-represented during Monday’s court proceedings and pleaded guilty to two counts of fraud or dishonestly gaining a benefit or advantage.
The court heard Ward traded a Nokia phone for the sum of $35 at the Cash Converters second-hand store on December 1, 2014.
Prosecutor Elizabeth Smith said it was nearly two weeks later, on December 13, that police became aware the phone was stolen.
In June 2015, Ward attended Proserpine Police Station, where she told the attending officers she had traded the phone on her daughter’s behalf.
The court heard she reiterated to police she was unaware the phone was stolen property. It was nonetheless noted she had declared it to be her own personal property when trading it at the Cash Converters store.
The court was then told of a second, similar offence dating further back in time.
Ms Smith said on March 8, 2008, Ward had also traded a Navman GPS for $90 at the Goodna Cash Converters.
The 34-year-old, who lives locally, was fined $550 for each offence.
No restitution was sought.