Fined for using fake receipt to get cash

Last updated 07:41 12/12/2013

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A man caused a loss to The Warehouse by writing a fictitious receipt to obtain money for the damage a broken product caused, the Invercargill District Court has been told.

Nathan Paul Hay, 41, appeared in the court yesterday and admitted causing a loss by deception to The Warehouse in Invercargill in October.

He was fined $400 and ordered to pay $105 reparation.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Rob Mills said Hay contacted The Warehouse to tell them a paint tray he had bought there had split, spilling paint on his carpet. He demanded a refund and costs for cleaning it.

The Warehouse told him to hire a professional carpet cleaner and provide a receipt but Hay went to the supermarket and hired a rug doctor for $75.

He later wrote a receipt out for $185 in the name of N Hay Cleaning Services, made up a fictitious GST number and used his previous address, Mr Mills said. Hay gave the receipt to the Warehouse and obtained the cash. But staff got suspicious when they found no record of the company in the phone book and contacted police.

When spoken to by police, Hay admitted the facts and said he knew what he was doing was wrong but felt he should have been able to claim for his time, Mr Mills said.

Hay's lawyer, Jono Ross, said there was no great sophistication to his client's offending.

Disorderly behaviour

Jamie Grant Cronin, 19, engineer, was fined $200 and ordered to pay $1730.50 reparation for behaving in a disorderly manner and wilfully trespassing on December 6.

Breach

Cameron Peter Ruston-Hayes was ordered to come up for sentence if called upon within six months for breaching community detention and supervision.

Bevan Ian McDowall, 22, was sentenced to 80 hours' community work for breaching a protection order on September 14 and 17.

Duane Leslie Twiss, 34, was sentenced to 80 hours' community work for breaching release conditions on October 30.

Driving

Donald Brett Collie, 55, was fined $400 and disqualified from driving for six months for driving while suspended on December 6.

Drink-driving

Michael Ian Perry, 65, of Waimahaka, was fined $400 and disqualified for six months for driving with a breath alcohol level of 574mcg at Wyndham on December 2.

Robert Earl Coleman, 45, meatworker, 574mcg on November 11. Sentenced to 10 hours' community work, disqualified for one year and one day and authorised to apply for a three- year zero-alcohol licence. An order was also made for the confiscation of his vehicle.

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- The Southland Times

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