Hacker and flat­mate ‘like sis­ters’

Marlborough Express - - NEWS -

A woman who stole thou­sands of dol­lars by hack­ing into her flat­mate’s in­ter­net bank­ing said she was ‘‘bored hang­ing around the house’’.

Jes­sica Raeleen Wil­son, 24, bor­rowed her flat­mate’s com­puter to ap­ply for jobs, but found the woman’s on­line bank­ing user­name and pass­word had been saved to the com­puter.

Wil­son trans­ferred money to her own bank ac­count sev­eral times be­tween Oc­to­ber 20 and Novem­ber 13, trans­fer­ring $2557 in to­tal.

When spo­ken to by po­lice, Wil­son said she spent the money on drugs and take­aways.

Wil­son was re­ceiv­ing a ben­e­fit. She stole the money be­cause she had no money left over each week af­ter pay­ing bills, she told po­lice.

She ad­mit­ted a charge of us­ing a com­puter for dis­hon­est pur­poses and ap­peared for sen­tenc­ing at the Blenheim District Court on Mon­day.

Her lawyer Lau­rie Mur­doch said she was ‘‘pretty im­pressed’’ at Wil­son’s at­tempts to turn her life around.

She had won a schol­ar­ship through the Nel­son Marl­bor­ough In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy and she would be tested reg­u­larly for drugs dur­ing the course, as well as be­fore start­ing an in­tern­ship.

Wil­son had found a Have­lock ad­dress suit­able for com­mu­nity de­ten­tion, and was work­ing at a vine­yard.

Judge Pa­trick Tre­ston said Wil­son and her for­mer flat­mate were ‘‘like sis­ters’’, ac­cord­ing to the vic- tim im­pact state­ment.

The money taken by Wil­son was money the woman was sav­ing to buy a car. ‘‘She trusted you as a friend,’’ Tre­ston said.

She told pro­ba­tion she re­gret­ted hurt­ing her friend, but she was ‘‘bored hang­ing around the house’’, Judge Tre­ston said.

He con­victed Wil­son and sen­tenced her to four months’ com­mu­nity de­ten­tion, and 12 months’ in­ten­sive su­per­vi­sion. She was also or­dered to pay $2557 in repa­ra­tion.

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