Mates fall out over brothel bill

USING his mate's credit card to pay for prostitution at Toowoomba brothel Deviations has cost Braden Iliffe almost $2000 and a friendship.

Iliffe, 22, appeared in the Toowoomba Magistrates Court yesterday and pleaded guilty to seven offences including fraud, evading a taxi fare and unlicensed driving.

Prosecutor Sergeant Tony Costa said Iliffe, who lives in Toowoomba, and a group of friends were staying at a holiday unit in Caloundra on December 20 last year. A friend gave Iliffe his credit card to order pizza.

Iliffe wrote down his friend's credit card details and used it to make two unauthorised transactions.

The court heard Iliffe phoned Deviations on December 22 and used the credit card details to book and pay for prostitution services (totalling $220) which he used.

He also used the details to buy $111 petrol at a BP service station.

Iliffe was caught on CCTV driving away from the service station while he was unlicensed.

The court heard Iliffe also racked up a $92 taxi fare in Toowoomba on May 26 which he did not pay.

Defence solicitor Brad Skuse said Iliffe worked as a machinery operator at a mine.

Mr Skuse said Iliffe had recently broken up with his girlfriend and was drinking heavily at the time he committed the fraud offences.

The court heard Iliffe and his friend no longer spoke to each other.

Magistrate Damian Carroll described Iliffe's offending as “pretty low acts”.

He was fined a total of $1450 and ordered to make restitution of $424.


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