Mother hocks stolen goods

A MARYBOROUGH mother who pawned stolen mobile phones and Playstation consoles claims she was the victim of an internet scam.

Annette Kathleen Eisel appeared in Maryborough Magistrates Court charged with three counts of fraud.

The court heard the 40-year-old chef pawned the items on three occasions.

On January 11 she sold two mobile phones for $250 at Lone Star Trading Post in Maryborough.

One week later she traded two mobile phones and a Playstation console for $250 at Maryborough Loans and Trading.

Several days later she returned to the same shop, where she was paid $550 for four mobile phones and another Playstation console.

Defence lawyer Tammy Kerle said her client had been “sucked in” after befriending someone on the internet.

Ms Kerle said Eisel believed the proceeds of the sale would go to an orphanage.

“Her house was used as a stopover for illegally purchased items,” Ms Kerle said.

“She believed it was legitimate and got no benefit from the sales.

“She thought she was doing the right thing.

“My client has been taken advantage of. It’s been a valuable life lesson for her.”

Eisel previously had no criminal history.

Ms Kerle said Eisel planned to move to Rockhampton once her court case was finalised.

Magistrate John Smith fined Eisel $2250 and ordered she repay $1050 to the pawnbrokers.



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