Fraudster given jail

A SERIAL fraudster who fleeced an elderly pensioner of more than $11,000 was sent to jail for two-and-a-half years by a Bundaberg magistrate yesterday.

Anton Michael Janezic, 39, was given a sentence of two years and six months for 13 charges of fraud and given varying concurrent sentences for the remaining 21 charges of one month to 18 months for offences ranging from driving while disqualified to stealing.

Janezic faced four charges of driving without a licence and was suspended from holding a licence for a total of four years.

Magistrate Jennifer Batts declared 260 days in custody served and ordered Janezic's parole release for March 8, 2011.

“Apart from your plea of guilty, there is very little other indication of remorse on your part,” Ms Batts said.

She was also forced to resentence Janezic on 14 older charges including stealing, fraud and unlicensed driving.

Janezic stole a bank card belonging to 77-year-old Robert Pitman and used it to steal more than $11,000.

Also among his offences were the thefts of a money jar with between $15,000 and $21,000 inside, and 2064kg of wet cell batteries, which he pawned for $493.

“You cannot make good. There's no point ordering restitution,” Ms Batts said.

“The extent of this offending is considerable.”



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