Fraudster to pay up

22:05, Dec 16 2012

A Kaikoura woman who did not supply promised goods to her Facebook customers will have to do community work and repay $2285.

Tara Kimberley Fraser, 22, pleaded guilty to two charges of obtaining money by deception when she appeared in the Christchurch District Court.

One of the charges covered repeat offending from November 2011 until May 2012. Two other charges were withdrawn after her guilty pleas.

Defence counsel Trudi Aickin said Fraser was invited by a friend to help with the Facebook page of a clothing and shoes business called Kimbers Boutique.

The friend left to live overseas and Fraser, who lacked business skills, was left running the page.

People started to order items, but Fraser did not have the supply chain set up adequately or money to refund customers when goods did not arrive.

Judge Raoul Neave said Fraser was quickly out of her depth. He sentenced her to do 150 hours' community work and to pay reparation of $2285 to the customers who were out of pocket. Fairfax NZ