AN IPSWICH 19-year-old has masqueraded as a financial institution worker so that he could dupe a department store out of an iPad.
Shayne Malcolm Trodden pleaded guilty at Ipswich Magistrates Court yesterday to a charge of fraud.
Police prosecutor senior sergeant Kevin Carmont said Trodden had phoned Big W in Booval and claimed to be a representative of a financial institution that handled cheque-related matters for the company.
Acting under the guise, Trodden advised staff they could now accept cheques without having to go through the normal verification procedures.
He then entered the store two hours later and used a cheque to purchase an iPad worth $568.
After Trodden left, the store was alerted by another Big W in the area that fraudulent activity had been conducted in relation to cheques. The cheque Trodden used was unable to be processed due to an issue with the bank and the clearance of the funds.
The incident took place on February 19. Police located Trodden four months later at a Ripley address. The stolen iPad was recovered but with parts missing and in such bad condition that it could not be re-sold.
Magistrate Donna McCallum said Trodden had a significant history of dishonesty.
Trodden was convicted and sentenced to six months imprisonment, suspended for one year.
He was also ordered to pay restitution of $568.
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