A Trade Me fraudster has admitted an extra charge of computer crime.
Kirsty May, counsel for 23-year-old Shannon Marie Cleave-Harvey, said the latest offence occurred before she was sentenced for similar offending in July, but the charge was laid by police afterwards.
Cleave-Harvey accessed Trade Me's computer system by deception when she offered to sell items she did not have.
She approached the buyers online or by text after accessing part of the system where she obtained contact numbers and then had her own Trade Me listing withdrawn.
On January 6, a person placed an advertisement on Trade Me looking to buy a vehicle, and Cleave-Harvey sent him a text message saying she had one for sale for $1500.
The victim deposited $1500 into her bank account, but the vehicle did not exist.
Christchurch District Court Judge Phil Gittos said Cleave-Harvey had a current sentence of community detention, but the reparation amount for the latest charge meant the previous offending was not as serious as this one.
He sentenced her to a further one month of community detention and ordered a reparation payment of $1500.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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