On­line fraud doesn’t pay for singing teacher

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

MAG­IS­TRATE Si­mon Young would not ac­cept that a 20-year-old singing teacher was sim­ply “for­get­ful” when she com­mit­ted on­line fraud when sell­ing make-up ear­lier this year.

So­phie May Rut­ter pleaded guilty in Proser­pine Mag­is­trates Court on Mon­day to dis­hon­estly ob­tain­ing prop­erty from another.

Po­lice pros­e­cu­tor Se­nior Con­sta­ble Han­nah Beard told the court Rut­ter re­ceived $55 through a bank trans­fer for an eye shadow pal­let she sold through a Face­book group to a per­son in Mackay.

Sen Const Beard said de­spite re­peated at­tempts from the buyer to con­tact her through Face­book and by phone, Rut­ter never sent the prod­uct.

Lawyer Bar­bara Men­del­sohn said her client resided in Air­lie Beach with her part­ner and out­side her work had poor man­age­ment skills.

“She un­der­stands with the growth of on­line trad­ing this will not be tol­er­ated,” Ms Mendle­sohn said.

“She is ex­tremely re­morse­ful and has not sold any­thing else on­line since.

“She will re­pay the money and postage costs.”

Rut­ter burst into tears at the bar ta­ble when Mr Young slammed the sub­mis­sion that the charge was a re­sult of for­get­ful­ness and could be dealt with by a good be­hav­iour or­der.

“I am not ac­cept­ing she just got for­get­ful. Ex­hibit two sets out all the texts where the vic­tim is fol­low­ing up and fol­low­ing up,” Mr Young said.

“It was a fraud and a se­ri­ous mat­ter. This type of of­fence is too preva­lent and too hard to de­tect... you had no in­ten­tion of fol­low­ing through.”

Mr Young cited Rut­ter’s early plea and lack of sim­i­lar his­tory when he fined her $400 fine.

No con­vic­tion was recorded.

Rut­ter was or­dered to pay $55 resti­tu­tion.

PHOTO: AN­THONY WEATE

MAKE-UP DOWN­FALL: A 20-year-old Air­lie Beach woman pleaded guilty to on­line fraud af­ter re­ceiv­ing money for make-up she never sent to the buyer.

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