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Old fraud crime catches up after street brawl

A FRAUD charge from more than eight years ago came back to haunt a Gladstone woman as she was punished in Gladstone Magistrates Court on Tuesday.

Tracy Maree Brown pleaded guilty to single charges of public nuisance and fraud earlier this week, after she was nabbed over an incident of street violence late on June 9.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Sean Franklin told the court witnesses had rung police about a street disturbance between three women at 11.35pm on the night in question.

When officers arrived they saw that Brown appeared to be intoxicated, and they arrested and charged her for her role in the incident.

As a result of her arrest, Brown was also questioned about a fraud charge dating back to 2006.

The court heard on June 17, 2006, Brown had given a Gladstone pawnbroker a mobile phone as security for a loan.

Later research found the phone had been reported stolen in April of that year.

Brown declined an interview in relation to the fraud offence, after being questioned over the public nuisance incident on June 9.

She told the court she did not have much memory of the recent street incident, and that she had bought the phone from a second-hand dealer in 2006 and was unaware it had been stolen.

Magistrate Ron Muirhead ordered Brown undergo a nine-month probation order and recorded convictions against her for both offences.

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