A woman has been sentenced to three years’ jail for stealing personal information from a personal information technology company.
The 28-year-old pleaded guilty to two counts of theft over $10,000 and one count of fraud over $5,000 on September 25.
The offences took place from November 2012 to January 2017.
A magistrate at Melbourne Magistrates Court yesterday sentenced her to three-and-a-half years in jail.
The offending was part of a scheme that involved a number of different companies in Australia, according to the NSW Supreme Court.
The offences were carried out between November 2012 and January 2017 and involved the theft of personal information for personal use by the offender.
The information included her address, telephone number, email address, bank account details, credit card details, bank statements, bank details and social media accounts.
The court heard the offences occurred through two companies: TDS Telecoms and Zellers.TDS Telecom is the owner of Zeller.
Zellers is owned by Zellist, an online store.
The court was told the offences were not limited to just theft of the information.
The court was also told that the offences also included the offence of falsifying financial records, forging documents, using false names and using false documents to obtain personal benefit.
The Crown said it was “particularly concerned” the offences targeted the vulnerable and vulnerable people in the community.
Magistrate Anthony Keneally told the woman, from Cairns, that the offence involved a “massive and complex” scheme.
He said that although the defendant had a “long criminal record” and was known to police, it was important to note that she was a young woman who had not served time and had no previous convictions.
He described the defendant as “very vulnerable” and said the offence was so serious that it was almost like an armed robbery.
“I was extremely satisfied that the court was able to give her the appropriate sentence,” he said.
Magistrate Keneal said he was satisfied that he was able give her a significant jail term, noting the seriousness of the offence.
He also imposed a $20,000 fine on the woman.