In a recent court appearance at Cowra Local Court on Wednesday, January 24, 2024, Adam Oliver Field, 33 years old, of Evans Street, pleaded guilty to a charge of dishonestly obtaining property by deception.
Field, who represented himself in court, acknowledged his actions, stating there was "no excuse for my behaviour".
The charges stem from a period between August 27, 2022, and April 6, 2023, during which police said Field fraudulently used a friend's bank details for personal gain.
Police facts presented to the court revealed Field and the victim had been friends for approximately 15 years, with a closer friendship developing over the past two years.
Police said, during this time, Field had opportunities to access the victim's bank card details.
The victim's handbag, often left on the sidelines during the coaching of a sporting team in July and August 2022, provided Field with access to the card details, the police documents revealed.
In November 2022, Field, police said, had further opportunities to obtain the card details.
In January 2023, the victim took Field on a holiday, during which he gained access to the card details when she provided them for an Uber ride.
According to the police facts, between August 27, 2022, and April 6, 2023, Field used the victim's bank details fraudulently through pay pass on his phone 57 times, amounting to $2,500.
Upon discovering the missing funds in her account, the victim reviewed her bank statements, which revealed purchases of medications belonging to Field.
Field made full and frank admissions to the police, before his guilty plea.
The court, after convicting him, imposed an 18-month supervised community corrections order on Field.
As part of the sentence, Field will undergo drug and alcohol counselling and relapse training.
A compensation order for $2,500 was issued to reimburse the victim for the amount stolen.