Kylie Rebecca Barnes pleaded guilty in Rockhampton Magistrates Court to 12 counts of fraud and one count of trespass on a railway. Picture: News Regional Media
Kylie Rebecca Barnes pleaded guilty in Rockhampton Magistrates Court to 12 counts of fraud and one count of trespass on a railway. Picture: News Regional Media

Single mum turns fraudster after reacquainting with friend

A SINGLE mother to five children found herself involved in a string of fraud offences after reconnecting with an old acquaintance.

Kylie Rebecca Barnes, 35, pleaded guilty in Rockhampton Magistrates Court on July 13 to 12 counts of fraud and one count each of receive tainted property and trespass on a railway.

Police prosecutor Casparus Schoeman said the total amount of fraud was $1300.

Mr Schoeman described the offending as opportunistic and said the offences were conducted with a co-offender.

Barnes' lawyer Samantha Legrady said her client had been using methamphetamine since she was 16 and was hanging around an old acquaintance at the time of the offending.

Ms Legrady said her client had since attended Rockhampton Alcohol and Other Drugs Services and had been clean from drugs for about six months.

"There is no excuse on her behalf," she said.

"AODS is continuing and she is making better choices with who she hangs around.

"She knows if she makes the choice to spend time with someone who may partake in criminal activity, she will find herself in the same position, back before court."

Barnes was ordered to probation for 12 months. Criminal convictions were recorded for all offences other than one count of trespass on a railway.