An Adelaide woman has been sentenced to ten months in prison, after using a friend’s identity to buy a car.
Aldina Fanning’s friend had entrusted her with a host of personal information to book a Hawaiian holiday, but the 31-year-old beautician instead used them to obtain a $35,413 car loan and a fake driver licence.
Fanning also redirected the victim’s phone and mail in an attempt to cover her tracks.
According to The Advertiser, Fanning's lawyer asked the South Australian District Court for a suspended sentence, citing her repayment of the loan and remorse over the incident. But Judge Geoffrey Muecke denied the request, handing Fanning one year and four months in prison with a non-parole period of 10 months.
“Many of her emotions resulted from having deceived, manipulated and taken advantage of by someone she looked up to as a sister and that she loved,” said Judge Muecke.
Judge Meuke also acknowledged that Fanning has a history of offending, including stealing, larceny and unlawful possession.