BRAZEN ACT: Kristen Henderson stole $2900 and tried to take control of a victim's online bank account.
BRAZEN ACT: Kristen Henderson stole $2900 and tried to take control of a victim's online bank account. Ross Irby

Fraud mum's bungled take over attempt

A MUM of four ripped off $2900 after illegally using the bank details of another woman's online account.

Kristen Henderson brazenly phoned the victim's bank pretending to be the account holder.

Ipswich Magistrates Court this week heard Henderson called the bank and tried to change the account holder's personal details.

Kristen Blair Henderson, 27, from Chuwar, pleaded guilty in Ipswich Magistrates Court to receiving stolen property; five counts of fraud; obtaining or dealing with another person's identification information to commit or facilitate an offence; stealing; and driving unlicensed when a repeat offender.

Police prosecutor Bronson Ballard said Henderson received tainted property in the form of the victim's internet banking details at Oxenford on April 29.

Mr Ballard said Henderson accessed the victim's online bank account in a fraud that was more complex, thought-out and deliberate than simply using a stolen bankcard.

"She has deliberately gone into the account, logged on and then used money to pay her debts to a number of organisations," he said.

"She, through a third party, transfered $2000 into her own account through bank transfers."

Defence lawyer Jason Voight said she had written a letter to the court expressing her remorse. He said she was a mother of four children, including a six-week-old baby.

Magistrate Robert Walker said her offences were serious in that she used a card and its owner's identification details.

"You attempted to get details changed so you could effectively take the account over. But it was already known by the bank," Mr Walker said.

Mr Walker said Henderson's letter referred to her "relapsing back into ice use" at the time but that she stopped when pregnant.

He warned her she had now exhausted her opportunities and if she re-offended, she would probably face jail.

Henderson was convicted and sentenced to a 12-month probation order and must undertake counselling including urine drug tests.

She was fined $400 and disqualified one month for driving when unlicensed, and ordered to pay $2900 restitution to the bank and $50.02 for the petrol.



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