Cheap ticket has costly end with fraud charge

USING a fake name to purchase a concession ticket led to Mt Larcom woman Cassandra Rita Anne Willcocks facing court for a fraud charge last Tuesday.

The incident occurred after Willocks travelled to Caboolture to see her mother and a sick friend.

Defence lawyer Megan Creaser said Willocks was told her mother would pay for the return fare, but in the end she didn't have the money.

A grief-stricken Willocks then made the decision to buy a concession ticket under her friend's name so she could "get home to see her husband".

The Rockhampton-bound tilt train ticket would have cost $119 at full price, but Willocks bought a concession ticket for $25.

The police prosecutor said Willcocks was caught after the Railway Squad asked to see her ticket during routine patrols.

Willocks was requested to produce the ticket and her concession card. She then stated that her concession card had been stolen.

She produced her friend's identification card, but after police pressed the issue, Willocks made a full admission about her situation.

The woman pleaded guilty to one count of fraud and dishonestly gaining a benefit/ advantage.

During sentencing, Magistrate Penelope Hay said she took into account that Willocks had made an early plea of guilty.

She also acknowledged that the circumstances were unusual. Magistrate Hay said Willcocks had demonstrated remorse.

Willcocks signed a good behaviour bond to the value of $300.

She was ordered to pay $94 restitution to Queensland Rail, which was referred to the State Penalties and Enforcement Registry.

No conviction was recorded.

The authorities allowed her to travel back to Gladstone.

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