How mum scammed Kmart using real receipts
A GLADSTONE mum used discarded receipts she found in a carpark in an elaborate fraud scheme to steal money from Kmart, a court has been told.
Jhannai Ziah McKnight would search for discarded receipts in the carpark; find the listed products in-store and take those items to the service desk where she would ask for a refund for the 'unwanted' product she never bought.
McKnight, 23 pleaded guilty in Gladstone Magistrates Court on Tuesday to several charges; six counts of fraud and one count of attempted fraud.
McKnight's co-accused and former partner began the fraud at Big W on February 5 when they replaced the price tags of several items, including a Dyson vacuum, quilt, microphone, mop and USB device among the haul, with $1 sale tickets.
The pair took their items with the $1 sale tickets over their actual price tags to the self-checkouts.
The court was told staff intervened when they realised what the pair had done so McKnight, with her co-accused, left the store.
The pair were observed on CCTV on April 7 entering Kmart separately through opposite doors of the building after finding several sales receipts in the carpark.
The pair were not holding any items as they walked into the store however approached the service desk holding several items they had found on the shelves.
Separately, the pair produced the receipts claiming they had purchased the items and wanted to be refunded.
McKnight and her co-accused did this on several occasions and earned $433.
On July 1 police attended McKnight's home and asked her about the offending.
McKnight told police she "didn't like doing it".
She told officers she knew they would get in trouble but continued to do it anyway.
The court was told McKnight's co-accused spent time behind bars for his role in the offending.
Defence lawyer Jun Pepito said the relationship was "toxic" but the pair shared a child together.
Mr Pepito said McKnight was "influenced".
Acting Magistrate Athol Kennedy told McKnight her co-accused had a "long history of dishonesty offences".
"Hopefully you will have nothing to do with him in the future," Mr Kennedy said.
"You need to be careful with who you meet. If you were to come back before me with the same offences, I would put you in jail.
"There's no excuse, you chose the wrong path."
McKnight was ordered to pay $433 restitution and to complete 12 months' probation.
A conviction was recorded.