Facebook fraudster to repay victims

ANNE CLARKSON
Last updated 16:20 13/12/2012

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A Kaikoura woman who did not supply 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 today.

One of the charges covered repeat offending from November 2011 until May 2012.

Two other charges were withdrawn by the police after her guilty pleas.

Defence counsel Trudi Aickin said Fraser was invited by a friend to assist in a clothing and shoes business called Kimbers Boutique Facebook page, but she did not have business skills.

The friend left to live overseas and Fraser was left running the Facebook 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.

Fraser supplied the items to some customers but was not frank to the customers who then made complaints, Aickin said.

Judge Raoul Neave said Fraser was quickly out of her depth.

He said she had no previous convictions and sentenced her to do 150 hours' community work, which could be converted to training, and to pay reparation of $2285 to the customers who were out of pocket.

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