Yeppoon businessman guilty of $75k fraud

FIVE transactions resulting in more than $75,000 in fraud saw a 27-year-old Yeppoon businessman plead guilty to four fraud-related charges and multiple summary charges in Rockhampton District Court yesterday.

Neville Aaron Voss was charged after a period of offending for longer than one year which began in June 2013 when he was the sole director of a Yeppoon-based solar energy company.

Voss pleaded guilty to four fraud charges, including forging documents and various breaches of bail, stealing and traffic charges.

Crown prosecutor Dean Jones said Voss forged two signatures on documents which saw solar panels worth $35,000 dishonestly delivered to him before he dishonestly charged a customer $40,000 for the installation of solar panels.

Voss also spent $199.60 using a complainant's credit card.

Voss pleaded guilty to two counts of stealing fuel, four counts of breaching bail, two counts of driving unlicensed and multiple other traffic charges.

He also failed to return a hire car for two weeks following the end of the lease period.

"The concern is in the persistent nature of the traffic offences," Mr Jones said.

Judge Michael Burnett stood sentencing and defence submissions down for a later date.

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