Repeat fraudster jailed

A POOR criminal history and repeat offending has landed a mother in jail.

Semana Elizabeth Reardon, 29, faced Proserpine Magistrates Court on Monday on one charge of fraud stemming from an incident where she bought a Nintendo 3DS and three games online without paying.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Manon Barwick said the incident happened on July 22, 2015, after Reardon made the purchase on eBay for $153.95.

The seller saw the money had been paid into their Paypal account and subsequently posted the items.

However later that day, the transaction was cancelled and the money disappeared from the account.

The items were delivered on July 27 and the seller asked Reardon if the money had been transferred again.

After asking two more times, the seller contacted eBay and then reported the incident to police.

Duty lawyer Cleo Rewald said Reardon "had genuinely thought that she had paid for it and she tried to find the paperwork and when she couldn't find it, she told police”.

However magistrate Simon Young was not having it, saying "her history and facts of the case disclose a very dishonest streak”.

After stating that she had already been sentenced to 18 months imprisonment for similar offences, Mr Young said "clearly it hasn't acted as a deterrent as it was supposed to be”.

"She hasn't learnt from previous sentences and she has further attempted to justify her actions when she knew full well that she could not,” he said.

She was sentenced to six months imprisonment, with a parole release date of December 23 and ordered to pay $153.95 in restitution.


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