Addiction led to crimes

A MAN with an addictive personality has faced Gladstone Magistrates Court on 15 fraud related charges.

Craig Adam Woodrow pleaded guilty to unauthorised dealing with shop goods, nine counts of fraud, two counts of unlawful possession of suspected stolen goods, two counts of stealing and attempted fraud.

On March 17 and April 29 Woodrow pawned goods, which were suspected of being stolen, at local pawn shops.

He also stole a Medicare card, Healthcare card and birth certificate off a friend and obtained an 18+ card with the friend’s name but his photo.

He then used the false identification on several occasions to obtain prescriptions for oxycontin from doctors. He also presented stolen and copied prescriptions to chemists to obtain oxycontin and one time filled a prescription and walked out without paying.

On May 25 he went into a shop, grabbed a carton of milk, a sausage roll and a pie and ate them in the shop and left without paying.

Duty lawyer Brad Krebs said his client had an unflattering history.

“Drug addiction is the cause of his history and these offences are the desperate acts of a desperate man and are amateur attempts to obtain oxycontin,” Mr Krebs said.

“He is now working as a concreter and trying to get his life back on track.”

Magistrate Damian Carroll said the defendant had an addictive personality.

“This is a serious deception and you have used devious systems to get access to oxycontin,” Mr Carroll said.

Woodrow was placed on two years probation for the fraud offences. He was fined $250 each for the unlawful possession of suspected stolen goods offences and $100 for unauthorised dealing of shop goods. He was also ordered to pay $119 restitution.

Woodrow has been ordered to undergo alcohol, drug and psychiatric counselling as part of his probation.

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