Woman defrauded man through fake Gumtree sale

A drum kit was offered for sale.
A drum kit was offered for sale. Contributed

A MACKAY mother who defrauded a Victorian man through Gumtree, obstructed a police officer and stole from the same post office twice has been placed on probation.

Kylie Jayne Newton, 39, of Mt Pleasant, pleaded guilty to eight charges in Mackay Magistrates Court on Friday.

The court was told she committed the offences, which include fraud, shoplifting, drug driving, drug possession and obstructing police, between April 17 and December 14 last year.

Prosecutor Senior Constable Hanna Beard told the court Newton put up a drum kit for sale on Gumtree on June 10 for $600, with "cymbals and hardware included".

On July 24, a Melbourne man responded to the ad, and after about two days of discussion with Newton, agreed to pay a total of $730 for the drums and freight costs.

But once he transferred the money to her bank account, Newton stopped answering his calls and texts.

Then, on August 6, the man came across an ad for the same drum kit put up on Gumtree by Newton, who had now set the price at $900.

He reported the incident two days later to local police, Gumtree and ACORN (Australia Cybercrime Online Reporting Network).

Magistrate Mark Nolan labelled Newton's actions "blatant dishonesty".

The court was told Newton also stole twice from the same post office in Mt Pleasant, the first time on September 8, when she took a magnet off a shelf and hid it under her bag before purchasing an envelope at the counter.

Newton also pleaded guilty to stealing a Mackay Pocket Trader book from the business on October 28.

"While the amounts are small by any analysis, it still represents dishonesty on your part," Magistrate Nolan said. "(Businesses) can't afford to have people help themselves to their products."

During a random roadside breath test on Evans St in South Mackay on December 14 Newton was found with a glass pipe, 3.37g of meth, and tested positive to having drugs in her system.

Newton was sentenced to 24 months of probation, disqualified from driving for three months and ordered to pay restitution of $730 for the drum kit fraud.

Topics:  crime fraud gumtree mackay magistrates court magistrates court

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