Dishonest use of credit card doesn't pay off

The use of Paypal has not paid off for a Cowra man who was found guilty of 18 counts of dishonestly obtaining property by deception at Cowra Local Court last week.

Ben Adrichem, 19, of Bahloo Street, who was before the court, was given a 12-month Community Corrections Order (CCO) and ordered to pay $623.58 compensation to his victim.

According to the police facts, in early November 2018, Adrichem obtained a photograph of the victim's bank card.

He then linked the victim's card to his own personal Paypal account and used it to pay for a number of items, including DVDs, Xbox games, knives, headphones, a tattoo sheet and purchases from Woolworths, Apple and Dominos.

On January 8, the victim froze their account.

On Sunday, March 10, Adrichem attended Cowra Police Station where he was entered into custody and interviewed.

Police say Adrichem was "honest and remorseful for his actions in custody", making admissions to all allegations.

Adrichem stated that he was "short of money at the time".

Adrichem's solicitor, Clive Hill, said his client was facing a number of employment, social and mental health issues at the time.

"At the time of the offences, he has fallen in with a bad peer group," Mr Hill said.

"He has limited casual employment, he admits he is difficult to motivate... he is a young man with limited understanding of the real world.

"Very little thought went into his actions."

In sentencing, Magistrate Michael O'Brien said Adrichem's actions were dishonest.

"They [the victim] can ill afford to be giving you loans when they don't even know they are doing it," Magistrate O'Brien said.

"He's experienced mental health issues, we don't know what they are exactly but they don't necessarily result in criminal behaviour."

Mr Adrichem was also ordered to follow the directions of his health care professionals.

No action was taken on breaches of two Section 10 bonds.

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