At­tempted fraud ends in court

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

A MT Ju­lian cou­ple have pleaded guilty to at­tempted fraud af­ter try­ing to claim money from in­sur­ance com­pa­nies Yamaha and Swann.

On Novem­ber 16, Craig Wil­liam An­der­son, 46, and Amanda Cather­ine Riordan, 33, re­ported a break-in to Proser­pine po­lice, claim­ing their 2015 125cc Yamaha rap­tor quad bike and 2015 250cc Yamaha rap­tor quad bike had been stolen while they were camp­ing from Novem­ber 12–16, 2016.

How­ever it was later dis­cov­ered the cou­ple had sold the bikes for $3000 to a lo­cal fa­ther and son when po­lice lo­cated one of the bikes on the back of the new owner’s car.

On Fe­bru­ary 3 the pair were ar­rested.

On Fe­bru­ary 16 a com­plaint was made against Riordan af­ter she sent men­ac­ing text mes­sages to her neigh­bours in re­la­tion to the bikes. At 11.40am, the vic­tim re­ceived mes­sages, in­clud­ing “if you pair of c**ts have a f**king prob­lem, you ask us about it”. Riordan ad­mit­ted to send­ing the mes­sages.

The pair were handed a $1000 fine each for at­tempted fraud and Riordan re­ceived a $600 good be­hav­iour bond over six months for send­ing men­ac­ing mes­sages.

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