Car scams jail gambler

A MAN bought three cars using cheques he knew would bounce so he could gamble in the hopes of making all the money back.

Justin Holness contacted the cars’ owners after spotting their adverts on the internet

The cars’ owners were left tens of thousands of dollars out of pocket due to the deception and now Holness will spend the next five months behind bars.

Ipswich Magistrates Court heard Holness, 29, agreed to pay $10,500 for a 1993 Nissan Skyline in June last year and $250 for personalised plates.

He gave the owner a personal cheque in his own name which was dishonoured.

Prosecutor Senior Constable Jo Colston said the owner contacted Queensland Transport and was told the vehicle had already been sold.

The vehicle had been registered in a new owner’s name and Holness had faked his signature when selling the car.

Holness then agreed to buy a 2001 Mitsubishi Lancer from an Inala man for $22,000 in August and presented him with a personal cheque.

The following day the victim was contacted by a person who had just bought the car from Holness and thought the sale was suspicious.

The victim contacted the bank to discover the cheque was dishonoured and Holness had actually closed the account two weeks prior.

When the victim tried to contact Holness he discovered he had disconnected his phone.

In September, Holness bought a 2003 Subaru for $21,500 with another personal cheque which bounced and sold the car.

After several text messages Holness admitted he sold the car and spent the money gambling but gave back $500.

Defence lawyer Justin Thomas said his client was having financial problems and decided to commit fraud to get money for gambling.

Holness pleaded guilty to three charges of fraud, one of forgery and one of uttering.

He was sentenced to 18 months jail and will be released on parole on June 10 this year.

Holness was also ordered to pay $53,250 restitution to his victims.

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