Woman fined for defrauding system

A BILOELA woman defrauded the Banana Shire Support Centre after she was given a loan for financial hardship.

Dawn Bethyl Darkan, 42, now living in Rockhampton, pleaded guilty to one count of fraud in the Rockhampton Magistrates Court on Friday.

She was convicted and fined $150 by Magistrate Tom Bradshaw.

Police prosecutor Constable Paige Barrow said Darkan had received a no-interest loan of $1200 from the centre to buy essential household items and furniture.

On March 4 this year her husband called B&K second-hand furniture and negotiated to sell furniture, including a lounge table and chairs, bought with the loan, for $375.

Darkan told the store she was the owner, but it was later found out that the property still belonged to the support centre as she had not paid off the loan.

“She said she believed it was hers to sell even though she was paying it off,” Constable Barrow said.

Magistrate Bradshaw said she had played a “lesser role” than her husband and was “perhaps encouraged by her husband” to commit the fraud.

He ordered her to pay restitution.

She said she believed it was hers to sell even though she was paying it off – Constable Paige Barrow



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