$500 fine for woman after wedding cheque bounced

A WOMAN has been fined after giving a Minden wedding facility a cheque that bounced.

Lisa Gai Alexander, 48, yesterday pleaded guilty in the Ipswich Magistrates Court to fraud.

The court heard the Coominya woman booked the Minden Retreat for a wedding, agreeing to pay $3200.

The Retreat told Alexander it needed a $2000 deposit to hold the booking, which she paid. Closer to the wedding the Retreat asked for the outstanding fee.

The court heard Alexander wrote a cheque for $700 and paid the remainder in cash.

However, the cheque bounced with the court hearing Alexander at no stage had more than $550 in the account.

According to police, who obtained Alexander's bank records by a search warrant, at the time she wrote the cheque there was only $132 in the account.

At no stage did she attempt to move the needed money into the account, or pay the Minden Retreat by other means.

The court heard the Retreat had contacted or attempted to contact Alexander on a number of occasions seeking payment before they contacted the police.

Defence lawyer Alexis Oxley said Alexander simply didn't have the money to afford to pay the bill.

Alexander had no history of criminal offending.

Magistrate Donna McCallum said Alexander had multiple chances to pay the bill and had failed to do so.

"There were a number of opportunities...to pay this account," she said.

Alexander was fined $500 and ordered to pay the outstanding $700 to Minden Retreat.



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