Yeppoon business man to repay $282,000 in fraud charges
A YEPPOON business man who defrauded three complainants, including a Commonwealth entity, of more than $282,000 was impulsed by greed Rockhampton District Court heard today.
Neville Aaron Voss, 27, was sentenced to time behind bars for pleading guilty to multiple State and Commonwealth fraud-related and summary charges from a period of offending beginning in 2013.
Voss' defence lawyer Ross Lo Monaco told the court his client's solar energy business "all began getting too big and too fast" and he did not have the capital to meet costs.
"Cash flow deficiencies led to the beginning of the offending," Mr Lo Monaco said.
"Greed took over and he continued to conduct his behaviour."
The court heard Voss falsified 79 sets of documents for government renewable energy rebates to the value of $207,000.
"The conduct had a negative impact to (the Commonwealth) reaching renewable energy targets and undermined confidence in the renewable energy sector," Judge Michael Burnett said.
Voss also defrauded a customer of $40,000, falsely claiming to represent a different solar energy provider to his own business and forged documents to a supplier which falsified the delivery of solar supplies to the value of $35,000.
The court heard Voss used the money to fund his lifestyle and spent it on rent, bills, his girlfriend's university fees, a BMW and a jet ski.
Judge Michael Burnett ordered Voss to pay $282,000 restitution in a five year period with a 12 month prison sentence pending default.
"Essentially borrowing against a future cash flow could be oppressive in making a restation order," Judge Burnett said.
Voss was sentenced to serve a four year head sentence with parole release after 12 months under an operational period of five years and having already served close to nine months pre-sentence custody.