Man pays hundreds for “ghost phone”

SAMANTHA Ellen Payne fronted the Gatton Magistrates Court charged with fraud for selling an iPhone 6 online, but never posting the phone.

Police Prosecutor Sergeant Steve De Lissa told the court a Brisbane man had answered an ad for the phone on September 9, 2015, on a 'buy swap sell' website for the iPhone 6.

"The man deposited $600 into Payne's bank account, and the defendant sent him a tracking number for the item, which police later found to be false," Sgt De Lissa said.

"The iPhone never came in the mail, and when the man contacted Payne she would not communicate back."

On April 30, officers from Gatton Crime Investigation Bureau attended Payne's address, and in an interview she admitted to the offence.

Payne told Magistrate Damien Carroll she was sorry.

"I regret doing it, and I was going through some hard times," she said.

"I'm happy to pay him the cash back."

Magistrate Carroll said he would take into account the early plea.

Payne was fined $900 and she was forced to pay back the $600 within two weeks.

No convictions were recorded.

 


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