A troubled former reality TV star and ex-NRL cheerleader with “serious” drug problems has admitted to stealing three credit cards from attendees at a party where she worked as a waitress.
Jordan Rae Finlayson, 31, appeared before Sydney’s local court at Downing Center on Wednesday via audio-visual link, where she was dressed in her prison green outfit with her long blond hair pulled back into a ponytail.
The former Beauty and the Geek contestant has been charged with holding personal data with intent to commit fraud after she was caught with a NSW driver’s license and three men’s debit cards between January 29 and February 2 at Botany.
According to police, Finlayson had pictures of the cards on her phone, which they allege she gave to someone else to use to scam the three victims.
A Rosebury resident was working as a waitress at a private bachelor party when she photographed men’s credit cards and driving licenses.
“Buck’s party was a pool party and the guests left their bags in the living room, leaving their wallets and belongings behind,” court documents say.
She took the photos as she got dressed in the living room, court documents say.
In the weeks following the dollar party, each of the three men noticed that their bank cards had been compromised and numerous transactions were made without their knowledge.
One of the men received notification from Centrelink that he had been paid $750 in NSW pandemic payments and a $4,900 payment to corporate betting service Neds.com.au.
He also tried to file a tax return in April of this year and was told that it had already been filed and an ABN application had been filed in his name.
The second victim had his Centrelink bank account updated and noticed several fraudulent transactions, including coffee purchased from Haymarket and Uber rides he did not use.
“He subsequently received notification from Centrelink that a $750 disaster relief payment had been made and processed in his name,” the court documents say.
The third victim had five credit and debit cards used without his knowledge.
Finlayson was arrested on February 17 when police found images of the men’s IDs and ten of their bank cards on her phone.
Since then, she has remained in custody.
The prosecution does not allege that Finlayson had anything to do with the fraudulent transactions, nor that she benefited in any way from having their licenses and bank card details.
The 31-year-old initially pleaded not guilty to the charges in March, but quietly changed her statement in July, when she was scheduled to go to a hearing.
Defense attorney Daniel Grippi told the court that Finlayson was released on parole when she violated him with this crime in February.
He urged the judge not to sentence her to more detention so she could be taken to a rehab facility to deal with her “serious” drug problems.
Judge Alison Weeney pleaded guilty and allowed a small discount on the sentence.
“This is not a petty crime; it provides for seven years in prison,” Ms Vini told the former reality TV star.
“People are stealing identities for a range of nefarious purposes… not to mention it was your intent, but someone got hold of this information you got and they used it.
“It’s so incredibly devastating to someone’s life.”
Ms. Viney sentenced the 31-year-old girl to a public correctional order for 12 months.
However, Finlayson will have to go through an additional parole hearing as an application for release.
“At that time, I hope you will be given the opportunity to visit a rehabilitation center in your area,” the judge said.
“I sincerely hope that once you enter a rehab program, your path forward will be much more successful.”
Finlayson nodded and thanked the judge.
Her recent fight with the law comes just months after the former reality TV star vowed to turn her life around when she was released from prison for drug offenses related to her $5,000 a day drug addiction.
Finlayson faces a parole hearing in the coming months.