Mum changes her tune about kids' iPad fraud

A MUM of seven who stole money using an iPad initially blamed her children before confessing to fraud.

Joanne Godfrey, 34, from North Ipswich, this week pleaded guilty in Ipswich Magistrates Court to two counts of fraud totalling $300.

Police prosecutor Bronson Ballard said Godfrey confirmed that she was in possession of a friend's iPad when money was transferred from a bank account.

Godfrey said she could not recall the transfer but that she might have done it as she had been doing "some stupid stuff back then". She said it could have been the children but later withdrew that claim.

Defence lawyer Trevor Hoskin said at the time Godfrey had issues with drugs.

Magistrate Virginia Sturgess said Godfrey fraudulently transferred money from the victim's account to her own and also to another person's account after being loaned the iPad.

"You did attempt to blame the children, then accepted it was your dishonesty," Ms Sturgess said.

Godfrey was ordered to do 80 hours of community service work and must pay $300 restitution.

No conviction was recorded.



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