Fraud paid the rent

DESPERATE to pay her rent, Kelarnie Rannata Wasin pawned off stolen property.

She traded in items including 57 DVDs, an MP3 player and a 9ct gold necklace.

The 23-year-old isn’t the only Rockhampton criminal ripping off local pawn brokers. She was one of three to plead guilty to fraud offences in Rockhampton Magistrates Court on Monday.

The latest police crime statistics show an overall 22% increase in fraud crimes during the 08/09 financial year.

Rockhampton Inspector Darren Somerville yesterday said Rockhampton police have a designated property crime squad who regularly follow up on stolen property with pawn brokers.

Wasin, who pleaded guilty to two counts of fraud, visited Speedi Cash in September last year twice and received $256 for her items.

When caught, she told police she had been hanging around people who were stealing items from shopping centres and pawned the items to pay her rent.

Wasin, a mother of one, was ordered to complete six months probation.

Jamie William Fischer, 19, stole a bicycle which had been left unattended under a shopping centre and cashed it in at Speedi Cash for $85.

He told police he thought the bike was his, as it had originally been stolen.

Fischer pleaded guilty to stealing and fraud from August 24 and September 18.

He was also ordered to complete six months probation.

Rockhampton businessman Jason John Brandle pawned a stolen Apple Macintosh Laptop for $200 at Cash Converters on October 7 this year.

The 33-year-old said he didn’t know it was stolen when he sold it as it was given to him by an employee.

The father-of-three was convicted and fined $600. All three offenders were ordered to pay back compensation to the stores. When trading in items, sellers are required to produce identification.



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