A WOMAN who used her foster mother’s credit card to buy 14 new iPhones claimed she did not mean to buy so many phones at once.
However Kylie Parkinson, from Cape Clear, also said she intended to make $6000 by selling the phones.
Parkinson, 26, appeared in Ballarat Magistrates Court yesterday, pleading guilty to obtaining property by deception.
The court heard Parkinson had used her foster mother’s credit card to buy 14 iPhones from the Optus website. They arrived on October 17 last year.
The phones were found the following day during a routine police car check.
Defence lawyer Karen Chibert said Parkinson had recently separated from her partner and had been released from hospital yesterday due to pregnancy complications.
“She realises it’s unacceptable and it’s not the way forward for her,” Ms Chibert said.
“She claims she kept clicking and ended up with 14 phones when the intention was to have one.”
However, magistrate Peter Couzens said he did not accept that explanation.
“That defies belief,” Mr Couzens said.
“If that is correct, she would have returned the phones she didn’t need. It’s flagrant, criminal behaviour.”
Parkinson received a four month prison sentence, suspended for 12 months.