Australian Man Avoids Jail Because of Rehabilitative Efforts

BRISBANE, Australia- A man was able to avoid jail time for his role in a credit card fraud case. Kosta Papadatos, 31, pleaded guilty to four counts of fraud and one attempted fraud that occurred in mid-2009. According to Prosecutor, Clare Kelly, Papadatos used fake identification to apply for four credit cards from Westpac banks in Brisbane and the Gold Coast. Only $4,000 of the $75,000 charged on those cards has been recovered.

The alleged ringleader, a man named George, in the credit card scheme has yet to be arrested, but Papadatos informed police that he received $10,000 for his part in the fraud.

An alleged $16 million fraud case in Queensland had delayed the case because police had diverted their resources to this large case. Tony Kimmins, Defense barrister, told the judge he did not believe his client should spend anytime in jail as it would hinder his rehabilitative efforts. The judge then sentenced Papadatos to 12 months in jail, but released him on parole and ordered him to pay $10,000 in restitution.


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