Chris Ison

Rocky fraudster uses boss's name to rack-up $3000 bill

PETER Green wasn't shy to use his boss's name to create a new Telstra account and then rack-up a $3000 phone bill.

Last week he pleaded guilty in the Rockhampton Magistrates Court to one count of fraud and one count of obtaining an entity name to commit an indictable offence.

The court heard that in November last year Green entered a Telstra mobile phone outlet store in Stockland Rockhampton to buy a new iPhone.

Because of the purchase, Green subsequently had to create a new Telstra account.

Police Prosecutor Karen Dunham said Green then gave customer service representatives a name that wasn't his own but believed to be someone he knew.

Ms Dunham told the court that Green then went on a usage-spree and clocked-up a $3096 phone bill between November 15 and March 4.

In that time Green never made any attempts to pay the phone bill, the court heard.

Duty solicitor Lance Rundle said in court when police spoke to Green about the incident, he said he had used the name of someone he worked for.

"My client is willing to give back to the person whose name he used," Mr Rundle said.

On both counts Magistrate Barry Cosgrove sentenced Green to 120 hours non-paid community service, fined him $400 and ordered he pay $3096 restitution.



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