Fraudster told to settle debt
MAGISTRATE Damian Carroll ordered a 27-year-old man to repay immediately a $160 debt that had been due for two years.
Brett David Eddy pleaded guilty to fraud in Gladstone Magistrate's Court on Thursday.
Police alleged Mr Eddy and the victim knew each other as the victim worked in a coffee shop Mr Eddy frequented in 2008, the year the offence occurred.
The court was told Mr Eddy offered the victim a deal, saying he worked at Beaurepaires and he had a four-tyre-a-year allocation as part of his employment.
Mr Eddy told the victim his car had been impounded and therefore could not make use of the offer in time. He told the victim he needed $80 upfront for the deal.
The court was told the victim only required two new tyres, not four.
Police allege Mr Eddy contacted the victim half an hour after she gave him $80 to tell her he could no longer get the deal and it would cost $80 for each tyre.
The victim gave Mr Eddy $80 more.
The court was told when the victim arrived at the arranged time at Beaurepaires, she was told by staff that Mr Eddy had not worked for the company for three weeks.
The victim then contacted Mr Eddy, who told her he would repay the money the following day. The repayment was not made.
In handing down a $400 fine to Mr Eddy, Mr Carroll said the money should have been paid two years ago.
“She parted with the money in good faith,” he said.
“You've asked, through your lawyer, here today, for a lot more time to pay.”