Teenager attempted to defraud illiterate man

A 19-YEAR-OLD woman who'd befriended an older man helped him set up a bank account then transferred $1368 from his account to her own.

The transfer was picked up by Suncorp fraud detectors and the funds never reached her account.

Stephanie Lorene Easton appeared in Mackay Magistrates Court charged with attempted fraud yesterday.

Defence solicitor Stephen Colwill said Easton had known the man, who was illiterate and had learning difficulties, for about a year.

Prosecutor Michael Ball said when Easton helped the man set up a bank account on October 21, she saved his bank details and password onto her phone.

On October 28 she accessed his account and transferred $1368 to herself.

After handing herself in, Easton told police she believed the victim would not miss the money and she needed it more than him.

Mr Colwill said the victim "treated (Easton) like a daughter".

He said since the incident the woman had moved from Mackay to Moranbah and was working two jobs - as a petrol station attendant and a chef at a hotel.

Easton had a number of assault and dishonesty offences in her New South Wales criminal history, dating from 2009.

Magistrate Tina Previtera ordered Easton to pay $450 for breaking a good behaviour bond she entered into on a drugs offence in August.

For attempted fraud she was fined $800 and no conviction was recorded.



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