A Nepalese student who is in Australia to study IT has been sentenced to jail for defrauding aged Australians. He was sentenced to a maximum 18 months jail term that would end with deportation. Pravin Mainali, 20 years old Nepalese was arrested on March 3, 2020, for participation in a fraud scheme run by Indian scammers.
On July 9 the Sutherland local court sentenced him on the offence. He was involved in deceiving elderly residents living in retirement homes, defrauded four people and used their card 21 times, to steal 18500 Australian dollars from their account. Mainali was pledged guilty for his offence at Burwood Local Court on March 4 this year, where he reportedly admitted the police that he was working for a ‘man on the phone’ with whom he had connected after he replied on an advertisement through Gumtree.
He used to collect the victim’s bank cards, pretending to be a bank agent who is trying to investigate the fraudulent access of their bank account. He was caught in the CCTV camera buying Revolver jeans from General Pants in Paramatta Westfield, Cap and T-shirt, Nike foot shoes from Footlocker, and JBL Bluetooth speakers from JB Hi-Fi.
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