A man has been jailed for receiving $4000 stolen from a victim of a phone scam.
Simon James Bom, 27, was sentenced to eight months' imprisonment for charges of wilful damage, dangerous driving, failing to stop after an accident, breach of bail, breach of community work, and receiving the stolen money.
Police said that between August and October 2011, they were receiving complaints about a phone scam involving fraudulent power company representatives.
The callers identified themselves as being from the power company, and advised their victims that their account was overdue. They were told to pay immediately or their power would be cut off, so they gave the callers their bank account and credit card details.
On September 30, 2011 an 88-year-old woman was contacted by a friend of Bom's claiming he was from a power company. The woman gave her bank account details.
Those details were passed onto Bom's then partner, who set up telephone and internet banking with the victim's bank accounts.
On October 3, $4000 was transferred into Bom's account from the victim's account without her knowledge or consent.
Bom told police the person who transferred the money owed it to him for a drug debt.
Judge Robert Murfitt said in June Bom was driving out of McDonalds when he stopped suddenly and another car drove into the back of him. Bom was angry and deliberately drove into the side of the car and then drove off.
He said Bom had a prolific list of offending, including jail terms, and fines of more than $8000.
The judge disqualified him from driving for six months, ordered reparation of $4000 to the bank, and cancelled his community work and remitted his fines.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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