Teens fine for fraud

A MAN browsing through Cash Converters stumbled across his own property, which had been pawned by his brother-in-law, a court was told.

Craig Thomas Clifford, 17, of East Bundaberg, was arrested and appeared in Bundaberg Magistrates Court on Monday on charges of stealing, fraud and breach of bail after he stole his brother-in-law’s earthquake equaliser, worth $1200, and sold it to Cash Converters for $60.

The victim had not been at home, but still had property at the address when Clifford and a female co-offender took the item and sold it on September 10.

Clifford said he and his co-accused used the money for cigarettes and alcohol.

On February 11, Clifford was also granted bail on other matters but failed to comply with his reporting conditions three times in a row.

Defence lawyer Thomas Bray said although Clifford was unemployed, fines would be an appropriate penalty for the offence.

Magistrate Neil Lavaring fined Clifford $600 for the stealing and fraud charges, $100 for the bail breaches and ordered he pay $60 restitution to Cash Converters Bundaberg.



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