Costly shop for teen in credit card fraud case

A MAN who was part of a group who fraudulently charged $4213.95 to a credit card has been placed on probation.

Dean James Thomas, 19, pleaded guilt to fraud at the Ipswich Magistrates Court yesterday.

Thomas was one of five people who went on a "spending spree" in Coomera in March.

Thomas received a hat and a pair of pants, which have been recovered, from the spree, for which he will pay $842.79 in restitutions. One fifth of the total amount spent by the group.

The court heard Thomas didn't touch or use the card himself, however, he benefited from the offences which were committed while he was subject to a community service order.

Magistrate Donna McCallum said he was paying a lot of money for his involvement.

"You only received a small amount of property but you did still benefit," she said.

"They're going to be some expensive items."

Thomas was placed onto an 18 month probation order and will pay $842.79 in restitutions, in default of which he will serve a month in prison.



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