Fraudster spends night in jail after order breach

A MILDURA man who defrauded more than 80 people of a total $28,000 spent Wednesday night in custody after breaching a community corrections order.

In 2017, Andrew Bailey, 28, was charged with 32 counts of obtaining property by deception and sentenced to the order without conviction.

The order included doing 150 hours’ work and Bailey was ordered to pay $12,500 compensation. 

On Wednesday, Bailey came before the Mildura Magistrates’ Court for breaching the order.

The court was told of the offending, in which Bailey fraudulently obtained money from people seeking to buy items on Gumtree and other trading websites.

As part of the scam, the court heard, Bailey collected money from people who believed they were buying items, such as iPads, Xboxes and iPhones, however he never provided the goods.

In the 2½ years since the sentence was imposed, Bailey had paid back $770 of the $12,500, the last payment of $50 made in December 2017.

Of the 150 hours of community work, he had completed only six.

Bailey told the court he was unable to finish the corrections order due to a conflict with a person who he had to work with at the same site.

Magistrate Michael Coghlan said being placed on a corrections order for that sort of offending was “very lenient” and Bailey had since “blown it”.

Bailey told the court on Wednesday he was a full-time painter, was studying and since the offending had begun coaching cricket and had taken on a sponsor child.

Bailey was taken into custody overnight before reappearing on Thursday, when he was warned to take the order seriously.

Mr Coghlan convicted him for the breach, but placed him on a new order for 12 months with 150 hours of work and fined him $1500.

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