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Thief ordered to pay back $13,000

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November 25, 2017

A MAN who used stolen credit card details to buy more than $13,000 worth of goods has been put on a community corrections order.

A MAN who used stolen credit card details to buy more than $13,000 worth of goods has been put on a community corrections order.

Stephen Lambert, 32, pleaded guilty in Echuca Magistrates Court on Tuesday, November 14 to eight counts of obtain property by deception, four counts of obtain financial advantage by deception and two counts each of recklessly dealing with proceeds of crime and attempt to obtain property by deception.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Rachael Hitchens told the court Lambert used stolen credit card details to buy goods and phone credit from various retail stores in Echuca, Simpson, Shepparton, Deniliquin, Finley and Huntly between July and September last year.

Lambert, representing himself, said he wanted to deal with the matters immediatley as he was undergoing brain surgery on Thursday.

‘‘I wrote an apology letter to them,’’ Lambert said.

Magistrate Clive Alsop said Lambert’s actions had put a lot of people out of pocket.

‘‘But I had an addiction,’’ Lambert said.

‘‘That may be so but you still ripped people off,’’ Mr Alsop said.

Mr Alsop convicted Lambert and ordered him to do 15 hours of unpaid work as part of a 12-month CCO and to pay back all the money in six months.

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