Paywave fraud heard in court

Police in Cherbourg are not impressed at recent antisocial behaviour.
Police in Cherbourg are not impressed at recent antisocial behaviour. David Stuart

A MURGON woman has been slapped with one month imprisonment for a string of "alcohol driven" offences including paywave fraud.

Kieron Lee Cobbo, 36, faced Murgon Magistrate's Court on Tuesday charged with stealing, attempted fraud and fraud.

The court heard Cobbo broke into a vehicle and stole $30 in coins, an iPod and computer before going on a paywave spree in Kingaroy.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Pepe Gangemi told the court Cobbo spent some of the coins at a hotel in Kingaroy before moving to the neighbouring bottle shop to buy alcohol.

Cobbo successfully used a paypass card to buy $75 worth of alcohol before attempting to use the card a second time for $338.

When the second attempt was unsuccessful the attendant grew suspicious and the police were called.

The court also heard Cobbo, who has seven children, stole petrol from a service station in Kingaroy because she "left her purse behind".

Police prosecutor Pepe Gangemi said Cobbo told the petrol station she would return to pay but did not return within the five-week period she was given.

Magistrate Simon Young said the offences were serious and must be dealt with.

"Paywave fraud must be denounced and condemned by court," Mr Young said.

"Consequences must be harsh."

Mr Young said the defendant had a long history of dishonesty and stealing and it persuaded him to increase the sentence.

"Fines haven't deterred you and you haven't got the message," he said.

Mr Young sentenced Cobbo to one month imprisonment suspended for six months and 12 months probation.

"If you commit any crime within that period it's highly likely you will serve that month.

"You should start thinking about your children," Mr Young said.

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