Elderly man's identity stolen

JACINTA Joy Reid stole from an elderly and mentally ill man because she thought he was “an easy target”.

The 26-year-old told police she had only known the man a short time before she asked him for his bank details.

With these details she called Centrelink on April 15 claiming to be the man, providing his correct address and date of birth.

She then asked the Centrelink employee to change his details so that his regular payments would go into a different account.

On April 27 the man visited the Commonwealth Bank with his carer to withdraw money and was told that his payments had been transferred to an account at the Bendigo Bank.

He then reported the transfer to police, saying he had not contacted Centrelink to make the payment, and it was revealed that the Bendigo Bank account belonged to Reid.

When questioned by police Reid admitted making the call saying the man “was an easy target as he had a mental illness”.

Reid pleaded guilty in Rockhampton Magistrates Court on Friday to four charges, including two of fraud.

Defence solicitor Shayne Studdert said Reid suffered from a severe health problem.

Magistrate Tom Bradshaw said the charges were serious particularly because “they involve an old and frail person”.

He sentenced Reid to four months imprisonment with a parole eligibility date of July 8.

He also fined her $100 for giving police a false name on another occasion.



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