Former Harley Davidson employee Marc Darren Beardmore, 53, has been fined $600 for fraud.
Former Harley Davidson employee Marc Darren Beardmore, 53, has been fined $600 for fraud. Facebook

Coast finance officer's $35,000 blunder

IT WAS his job to help customers secure finance for their new Harley Davidson motorcycles, but Marc Darren Beardmore, 53, took things too far.

In September last year he falsified documents for a customer loan just under $35,000.

Yesterday he pleaded guilty to fraud in Maroochydore Magistrates Court.

Police prosecutor Stu Lydford said the falsified documents "greatly inflated the buyer's income".

Beardmore's solicitor, Peter Boyce, said St George Bank noticed the discrepancy that day and Mr Beardmore immediately admitted what he had done, told his employer, and was fired.

He said Beardmore stood to gain about $240 from the fraud, instead he has lost thousands because his new job paid him a much smaller salary and commission.

"He doesn't really know why he did such a thing," Mr Boyce said.

"His history in the industry shows he's been well regarded."

Magistrate Annette Hennessy fined Beardmore $600 and ordered him to pay $1000 restitution.



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