A Nelson man who used Facebook to sell items which he never sent appeared in the Nelson District Court on Monday. Photo: File.

Facebook fraudster convicted

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A Nelson man who used Facebook to sell items which he never sent them has been ordered to pay back his victims.

Joshua Daniel Shaw, 20, appeared in the Nelson District Court on Monday on eight counts of accessing a computer system for dishonesty and driving while suspended.

Police told how, on seven different days between January and November 2018, Shaw offered items for sale on Facebook under various false profiles.

Using the names Michael John Lewis, Holly Anne Nicholls, Michelle Cooper, Mike Nokawich and James Lennie, Shaw sold fish finders, fishing reels, a GME radio and a Grande 4×4 winch to eight different people.

The victims paid more than $1000 to his bank accounts, after which he cut contact and never delivered the items.

In explanation for his offending Shaw said he was in a “bad place” at the time of the offending.

Duty lawyer Craig Stevenson said, at the time he was unemployed and had a “beat-up” car, which he spent some of the money on.

Judge Tony Zohrab convicted Shaw on all charges and sentenced him to 100 hours of community service for the dishonesty charges and ordered him to pay $1289 in reparations.

Judge Zohrab says that the driving while disqualified charge would usually attract a disqualification but in these circumstances that would cause Shaw to lose his job, which would mean the victims of the other offences would not get their reparations.

On the driving while disqualified charge he was sentenced to 80 hours community service instead of disqualification.

Judge Zohrab left Shaw with a warning that should he offend again any judge would be able to see the sentence he had imposed.

“If you thumb your nose at the opportunity given on this occasion you can expect a disqualification in future.”