Man, 21, racked up $5100 on mate's old bank card

THERE was a timely reminder in Toowoomba Magistrates Court yesterday to make sure you properly dispose of old bank cards.

After receiving a new debit card from his bank, the complainant discarded his old card. Then his friend Travis Graham Glenn Wassell got hold of it.

Between August 2, 2011, and June 6 last year, Wassell, 21, had used the card eight times to obtain cash and goods, prosecutor Sergeant Tony Costa said.

Wassell had known the complainant, and his PIN, for some years. The complainant worked on the mines and hadn't noticed the theft for some time, Sgt Costa said.

Wassell's solicitor, David Burns, told the court the delay in having the matter settled was due to negotiations as to the debt The complainant had claimed a sum of about $8000 to $9000, while the defendant had nominated between $2000 to $3000.

An amount of $5188 had been agreed between the parties.

Wassell pleaded guilty to stealing and eight counts of fraud. Mr Burns said his client was 19 and 20 at the time and had used the money for living expenses while unemployed. His client was working and offered to repay $2500 immediately, he submitted.

Magistrate Bruce Schemioneck placed Wassell on 12 months probation, no conviction recorded, and gave him four months to pay back the outstanding $2688.



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