Fraudster mum fined after botched shopping refund scam
A mum's fraudulent behaviour at a popular retail store landed her in Gladstone Magistrates Court on Tuesday.
Marnie Flaherty, 27, pleaded guilty to attempted fraud before Magistrate Bevan Manthey and prosecutor Kelvin Boyd.
Mr Boyd read the facts of Flaherty's offending, which started at 12.20pm on March 1, 2021.
Flaherty, a mother of two, and her co-accused entered Big W in the Stockland shopping complex on the corner of Dawson Highway and Philip Street.
Flaherty selected a pair of hair clippers and clothes and paid for them before exiting the store.
Flaherty and the co-accused re-entered the store with the purchased items and were observed selecting identical items and walking to the refund service counter.
Flaherty presented the items with their receipts and asked for a refund which totalled $88.
Staff became suspicious of Flaherty and the co-accused as they were aware of 'double shopping' and the pair left the store without being refunded.
Big W made a complaint to police who obtained their CCTV footage and Flaherty was issued a Notice to Appear in Gladstone Magistrates Court a short time later.
Flaherty's duty lawyer, Jun Pepito, said Flaherty's co-accused was in police custody for other matters.
Mr Manthey said Flaherty's criminal history would always come back to bite her, but not on this occasion because it was dated.
Flaherty was convicted and fined $300, with a conviction recorded.
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