Friday, 19 December 2008

'Labelled me' thief sentenced

The woman [labled] the 'catch me if you can' thief, who used fake identities and stolen bank cards to dishonestly obtain almost $150,000, has been jailed for five years and nine months.

Jody Harris, 30, lived a life of luxury over a four-month period in 2006, dressing in Louis Vuitton clothes, wearing expensive jewellery and taking holidays.

Sentencing Harris on Friday, Victorian County Court Judge Felicity Hampel described her offending as "professional, calculated and highly organised".

Harris has been serving time for similar offences in NSW since September 2006.

Judge Hampel added nine months to Harris' minimum term for the NSW offences, giving her a new minimum term of four years and three months.

Harris will be eligible for parole in December 2010.

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