The mum used the card to buy a number of electronic goods before she was busted.
The mum used the card to buy a number of electronic goods before she was busted. Amber Hooker

Mum's electronics spree on the company card

A SINGLE mum scored big when she started purchasing phones and electrical goods on a company account, but her deception soon caught up with her.

An Ipswich court has heard how the woman was shown by a friend how to use the company account to purchase goods.

Pretty soon, Keneya Compton had snapped up more than $11,000 of items, the court heard.

The business caught up in the offending sounded the alarm after seeing the bills mount on its company account.

Clad in a maroon and yellow Broncos shirt, mother of three Keneya Wy-Dene Compton, 21, pleaded guilty in Ipswich Magistrates Court to five charges of fraud; stealing petrol ($50.01) at Dinmore on July 18; and possession of tainted property.

Police prosecutor Jack Scott said it could be argued the frauds were sophisticated, and serious in nature given the total value of the items purchased, which reached $11,396.

They involved phones and other goods from Officeworks stores, the court was told.

Mr Scott said the offences occurred between December 28 last year and July 27 this year.

"Her conduct demonstrates very little regard for the property rights of others," he said.

"She steals then lies to obtain fraudulently."

Compton was investigated after being identified as a suspect.

She made admissions to police, saying she committed the frauds after an associate gave her the details of a business account that could be used at Officeworks stores.

She went four separate times and made purchases.

Citing her lack of criminal history, Mr Scott said police sought a supervised probation order between 18 and 24 months that would likely benefit her.

Police sought for Compton to be ordered to pay restitution including a $130 fraud committed at Pennywise Goodna.

Defence lawyer Jason Voight said Compton was a mother of three and a hefty restitution order would take her many years to pay.

He sought for the restitution to be referred to the State Penalties Enforcement Registry (SPER) to work out a payment plan "as she has no capacity to make repayments".

Magistrate Andy Cridland said it was concerning that such a large amount was involved in the crimes, which were committed by a person with no criminal history at the time.

Mr Cridland said he was also worried about the manner of offending, suggesting Compton may have been led astray by bad influences in her life.

"You need to get yourself back on track. Don't get tied up with people who may lead you into this," Mr Cridland said.

Compton was sentenced to an 18-month supervised probation order, with a restitution order made. A conviction was not recorded.



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