Prostitute rips off client $27,000

A PROSTITUTE who ripped off one of her elderly clients to the tune of $27,000, as he began to show early signs of dementia, was jailed for more than two years.

Melissa Jane Burns, 34, of Bundaberg, was charged with fraud and attempted fraud after she had money transferred from a 76-year-old man’s bank account between July 16 and August 6, 2007.

She pleaded guilty in Bundaberg District Court to the offences yesterday.

Crown prosecutor Alex Stark said the man had come to know Burns after she provided him with an escort service.

The prostitute made several transfers from the man’s bank account during the one-month period, with the biggest amount totalling $10,000.

On September 6 she attempted to transfer more money, but staff at Wide Bay Australia would not allow it.

She was later charged with the offences.

The man was given a “care plan” to cope with his dementia in the same month.

Wearing a strappy black dress with a floral design, Burns stood in the prisoner’s dock as Judge Keith Dodds delivered his sentence.

The judge convicted and sentenced Burns to two-and-a-half years jail time for the fraud and 15 months in prison for the attempted fraud.

Her parole date was set for August 22.

The two sentences for the fraud charges will be served con-currently.



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