Woman admits using FB to buy stolen goods

JONO GALUSZKA
Last updated 07:33 12/02/2014

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Illegal activity on the Hustle Live Facebook page is continuing to take place, with a woman admitting she used it to buy stolen goods.

Carrie-Anne Alexandra Menefy, 25, pleaded guilty in the Palmerston North District Court yesterday to receiving stolen property through the infamous page.

She was found out after selling a stolen black digital camera to Cash Converters.

The camera was stolen from a car, which was parked in Palmerston North, in the early hours of December 7 - the same day Menefy sold it.

Menefy also told police she bought the camera for $60, but sold it for $10 because she needed money for petrol.

Her lawyer, Paul Murray, said Menefy was not thinking straight at the time, which explained why she sold it for less than the purchase price. She had bought the camera through a Hustle Live page, he said.

Hustle Live pages and copycats have been used to sell a wide variety of products, including stolen vehicles and firearms.

Police have previously said the pages are used for both legitimate sales and black market dealings.

Various people have gone through the courts for crimes linked to the pages, including 24-year-old Palmerston North man James Dean Wright, who used the page to con $2750 from six victims by selling iPhones which did not exist.

Mr Murray said Menefy, who is on a benefit and a mother to three boys, would have rather paid a fine as she had severe hip dysplasia, which would affect her ability to do community work. "It is a day-to-day assessment as to how mobile she is."

Some days the condition could be so bad she was unable to move far from her bed, he said.

Judge Gerard Lynch said he would not be fining Menefy as she had a previous conviction.

However, Judge Lynch said he would keep community work to a minimum and asked the Probation Service to find work for her that would be less physical. He sentenced her to 40 hours' community work.

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