AN ALBANY man who tried to take a flight paid for by a stolen credit card has been handed a suspended six-month prison sentence and a $1000 fine.
Albany Magistrates Court heard Bevan Charles Williams plead guilty to gaining benefit by fraud after he attempted to board a flight from Albany to Perth under a fake name on October 29 last year.
Police Prosecuting Sgt Dave Loverock said a co-offender bought three plane tickets under false names using a credit card stolen from a 79-year-old’s handbag.
The three offenders tried to take a flight Albany Regional Airport, but were stopped by police.
The tickets were valued at around $280 each.
At the time of the offence, Mr Williams was serving two community-based orders for previous crimes.
Defence lawyer Raymond Muir said his client didn’t know the credit card was stolen and only became aware of it when he saw the fake name on his boarding pass.
“He has positively engaged with his current orders,” he said.
Sgt Loverock said Mr Williams could have withdrawn at any stage when he found out it was a fraudulent ticket.
Magistrate Dianne Scaddan warned Mr Williams if he reoffended between now and December he will go to jail.
“This offence is serious,” she said.
“You knew that ticket was not in your name.”
Magistrate Scaddan said the only reason Mr Williams could serve his prison sentence in the community was because he had been compliant with his community-based orders.
“You’ve changed your attitude,” she said.
His prison sentence is suspended for eight months and he was ordered to continue with his community-based orders.