Home detention for internet scammer

NZ Newswire November 30, 2012, 8:43 pm

A woman who scammed internet auction users out of more than $30,000 after promising cheap iPhones and iPads has been sentenced to home detention.

Elmira Rafiee was given a nine-month home detention sentence along with 200 hours of community work after admitting 56 charges of obtaining by deception and one of attempting to obtain by deception.

She was also ordered by Judge David Harvey at Auckland District Court to pay $48,332.64 in reparation to her victims, banned from accessing the internet for six months and to undergo a compulsory alcohol and drug assessment, APNZ reported.

Rafiee, 25, used the pseudonym Aaliyah to go through online records and contact prospective buyers to sell them the Apple products, which never materialised.

Her family organised $14,500 to go towards reparation, something Judge Harvey said he took into account in sentencing.

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