No jail time for "professional receiver of tainted property"

A MAN who was dubbed a "professional receiver of tainted property" has been given a wholly suspended prison sentence.

Tung Ngoe Hoang, 26, pleaded guilty to fraud, two counts of possessing tainted property, possessing dangerous drugs, possessing utensils or pipes, and possessing suspected stolen property when he appeared in Ipswich Magistrates Court this week.

On January 23, 2013, Hoang pawned off a laptop to Pennywise Goodna for $140, fraudulently claiming he was the rightful owner of the computer.

He sold the laptop only days after the laptop was reported stolen by its owner.

The police then searched Hoang's house where they found a number of items also reported stolen including a television, a camera and a hair-curler.

They also found an amount of unprescribed oxycontin and digital scales used to weigh the drug, the court was told.

Magistrate Michael Quinn said Hoang had a long involvement in handling stolen goods.

"You are either a thief or a receiver almost on a professional basis of stolen property," Mr Quinn said.

"It can't be a coincidence you're selling the laptop only days after it was stolen."

He was sentenced to three months imprisonment to be wholly suspended and ordered to pay $140 restitution.



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