Young man’s first foray into offending a big lesson in honesty
A 22-YEAR-OLD man’s first foray into criminal activity had been a big lesson for him after he appeared before Toowoomba Magistrates Court.
Amin Saleem Khairo had no criminal history at all but had fallen to temptation after finding a credit card on the footpath outside a Margaret St restaurant, the court heard.
The owner of the credit card had been at the restaurant but had inadvertently dropped the card on her way to her car when she left on the night of October 13, last year.
She had only realised she did not have the card the next day and when she checked her bank statement she had noticed there had been 11 transactions made, police prosecutor Shelby Larcombe said.
The woman immediately cancelled her card and her bank had reimbursed her in full, she said.
Ms Larcombe said the woman’s card had been used to make 11 transactions at various Toowoomba stores for items ranging in price from $25 to $99.
Total amount obtained through the fraudulent use of the card was $852.87, she said.
Police identified the culprit by a check of store CCTV camera footage and receipts, the court heard.
When spoken to by police, Khairo said he had felt sick about it since the offending.
He told police he had found the card and had intended to return it, but when he found he was without money the next day he had used the card.
Acting Magistrate Roger Stark ordered the convictions not be recorded and fined Khairo $400 and ordered he pay restitution of $852.87.
Originally published as Young man’s first foray into offending a big lesson in honesty