$56,000 mobile bill on stolen Hydro phone

09/05/2018 Posted by admin

A SOUTHERN Tasmanian woman has been ordered to compensate Hydro Tasmania after she racked up an almost $56,000 phone bill using a stolen Hydro SIM card. After pleading guilty to one count of stealing and a second count of using a computer with intent to defraud, Emma Jane Kearney, 23, of Old Beach, was also handed a three-month suspended sentence in the Hobart Supreme Court. Kearney found the SIM card in October, 2007, and decided to keep and use it. She did so, “to a remarkable extent”, according to Justice Alan Blow, until July last year. In that time, she made more than 2000 calls and sent more than 20,000 text messages. “It had crossed your mind that what you were doing might be costing somebody money, but I accept that you could not have had any idea of quite how much money your calls and messages were costing,” Justice Blow said in handing down his sentence. He said that Kearney only engaged in such conduct as a result of “the disturbing events that occurred in your life, which I do not need to go into”. Justice Blow said that she was sentenced for using a computer to defraud as mobile phone users utilise a telephone company’s computers. Kearney is working full- time, a fact Justice Blow took into account when making the compensation order, acknowledging it “is probably going to cost you money”. He said that there was no reason to believe she would reoffend. Kearney must repay $55,785.17 in total.
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