Mum took pokies win that wasn't hers

Woman mistakenly handed $1009 pokies winnings spends nearly half in less than two hours.
Woman mistakenly handed $1009 pokies winnings spends nearly half in less than two hours. Contributed

A MOTHER of five who was handed $1009 when a pokies attendant mistook her for another customer has been ordered by Mackay Magistrates Court to repay the sum.

Rebecca Lee Warren, 40, of Mackay, pleaded guilty to a charge of dishonestly gaining funds and other charges yesterday.

The court was told Ms Warren had been at the Mount Pleasant Tavern about 12.20am on May 17 last year when another customer playing a gaming machine clicked collect on their winnings before moving to use another machine.

Police prosecutor Bernhard Berger told the court the attendant had mistakenly handed Warren the winnings, and she had signed off on the slip before leaving the tavern.

The assistant manager of the Mount Pleasant Tavern realised the slip-up after Warren had left the venue the court was told.

Police were alerted and after a search located Warren at the Austral Hotel gaming lounge in Mackay about 1.40am the same day.

Officers found a bag containing $600.85 concealed under her shirt.

Mr Berger told the court Warren had admitted to police on the night that she had also been to the Shamrock Gaming Lounge, in Nebo Rd, after receiving the payout.

Warren's defence lawyer told the Mackay Magistrates Court that she had taken the money because of her drug dependency and had been on the drug 'speed' on the night.

For the fraud charge Magistrate Damien Dwyer sentenced Warren to one month in prison, wholly suspended, fined her $400 and ordered her to repay $408.15.

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