GUMTREE FRAUD: Woman took $300 for phone but never delivered
A WOMAN who dishonestly gained money from a trying to sell a phone on Gumtree has had her matter before a magistrate.
Shanayn Sky Tessmer pleaded guilty in Gladstone Magistrates Court on Monday to fraud.
Police prosecutor Kelvin Boyd told the court that on November 29, a victim responded to a Gumtree advertisement for a mobile phone which they paid $300 for the phone and $14.95 for postage.
Mr Boyd said the phone was never posted and the victim never received any reply from Tessmer.
When interviewed by police, she said she had advertised the phone for sale but didn’t remember advertising on Gumtree.
Tessmer, self representing, told the court when she gave her statement she couldn’t recall the ad but after leaving the interview room she spoke to an ex-partner who reminded her she did.
Acting Magistate John Milburn told Tessmer she had inconvenienced a member of the public who would have suffered from this loss of money.
She was fined $400 and ordered to pay $315 compensation. A conviction was not recorded.