Online cheater jailed

An online cheat was jailed for 19 months on 34 charges of using various internet auction sites to sell mobile phones and a laptop computer which she did not have.

Jasmine Carole Lasseter, 23, was also sentenced on charges of driving while suspended, possession of a pipe for methamphetamine, and theft of a $3500 trailer and goods.

Lasseter, 23, offered false items for sale online and her frauds and theft totalled $13,264.

Defence counsel Steven Hembrow said Lasseter did not have an address to offer for a home detention sentence, and she found being in prison was helping her get off her dependence on drugs, but she would be willing to do a residential rehabilitation sentence if available.

He said she was on a rollercoaster. She did the offending online once, then carried on doing it. It was naïve though, as she could be traced through her bank account number, he said.

Judge Alistair Garland said Lasseter’s offending started in February 2017 when she offered an Acer laptop on Trade Me. Her victim paid $260 but never heard from her.

On February 7, Lasseter packed up some of her flatmate’s belongings, put them on the flatmate’s trailer and left the address. None of the items have been recovered.

Between May and December 2017 she listed mobile phones for sale and 33 victims responded, he said.

Lasseter’s pre-sentence report said she was at a medium risk of re-offending, and the offences occurred while she was on bail, where one of her conditions was not to access a computer system or the internet.

Judge Garland said the offending was a serious breach of trust, and sentenced her to 19 months’ prison, reparation of $13,264, and disqualified her from driving for six months.

He said he would not allow the sentence to be converted to home detention if a residential drug treatment provider became available.

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