Man racks up $1342 in calls after stealing phone

A MAN who racked up more than $1300 worth of calls on a phone he found six years ago, has been ordered to repay the bills.

Nicholas Luke Rodak, 31, pleaded guilty to one count of stealing at the Ipswich Magistrates Court yesterday.

The court heard the owner of the phone was working at the Ipswich Hospice Bargain Centre in October 2006 when he realised his phone was missing.

The man didn't report the phone as stolen until he received two huge bills, totalling $1342.

Rodak was part of a group working at the store as part of the work for the dole program.

He said he hadn't taken the phone from the man himself but found it while he was with the group in Eastern Heights.

He told the court he had been responsible for "racking up the phone bill".

He was ordered to pay $1342 in restitution and placed on a $500 good behaviour bond for six months.



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