Pregnant mum of seven's low act to score smokes, booze
A PREGNANT mother-of-seven has stolen from her elderly friend and former neighbour.
Natasha Ann McCarthy found the 73-year-old's bank card and used it to buy tobacco and alcohol.
Hervey Bay Magistrates Court on Thursday heard the chronic opioid user was visiting her former neighbour with her boyfriend when she found the card.
Police prosecutor senior constable Sonia Edwards said McCarthy was left alone in the man's house when she found his ANZ visa debit card.
The court heard McCarthy spent $263.52 before the card was declined at Urangan Shopping Centre.
Defence lawyer Trinity McGarvie said her 35-year-old client had an unenviable criminal history but there were no dishonesty offences since 2012.
Ms McGarvie said her client had a troubled history of opioid addiction but was recently accepted into a rehabilitation program.
She said her client's three-year-old child will be returned to her care next week which was a motivating factor to overcome her challenges.
McCarthy pleaded guilty to 11 charges including fraud.
She was convicted and fined $1500.